When we change our perspective,
we change the trajectory of our story.
That thought popped into my head today. I took off towards my office to write it down, so I wouldn't forget it. When I got there, more came to mind. I wrote, or rather scribbled...feverishly...so as not to miss any of it.
Then I pushed my chair back slowly...and stared at the words in front of me. Bits and pieces of clarity came the longer I looked. And this is what I ended up with.
3 ways we can tackle the obstacle in front of us...
With that said, I have no idea which of the three you relate to most. But I have a sense that you do. I have a feeling one of them sticks out to you, like one of them did to me. And whatever one does, it's time to act on it.
Because for you, me, and everyone else around us...it's what we are being called to do.
I'll leave you with one last thought.
If we know that progress waits for us on the other side of our obedience, why is it that we are so addicted to our preference?
Might it be that we are so comfortable in our obscurity, that we really only like the idea of change...not the implementation of it? We need to get to the point where we see our obscurity as the obstacle that is keeping us from walking into our destiny.
Whether we need to...
Look under it, move around it, or climb over it...
Just get it done.
The trajectory of our story depends on it.
And if you still need motivation to do it?
If we act, it can impact someone else's life for the better. If we stay put, we value our preference more than what someone might get as a result of our obedience.
Someone is always hurting worse than us.
Someone is always in a place of pain we can't imagine.
We demand the world owes us something.
We share our opinion because somehow we feel the world needs to "hear it".
We'd reach out beyond our religious, political, fill-the-blank-with-whatever-it-is-you-think-needs-to-be-said, so that someone else can be cared for with our actions instead. We'd hit pause on our opinion, so that the facts of someone else's dire situation can be shared and heard. We'd stop, take a breath, and hit the delete button on the post we are about to make, so that the world will see less of our selfish desires.
The accountability we have to one another in this thing called life is like a braking system. Without it, and without one, we are going to continue to unnecessarily hurt one another...as we spiral out of control down a path we are sure to regret. Making sure our brakes are in solid working order, assures safety. It works the same way with a guarantee of accountability.
As we go about our day today, this one question will help all of us determine if what we are about to say is something that needs to be said...or better yet, never uttered.
Will it bring a positive & tangible life change, or is it destructively life-altering?
One builds relationships based on honor. The other is an opinion being shared that very well overshadows the greatest opportunity all of us have.
To love one another...daily.
Have you ever felt held up, held back, stuck...aka...DELAYED?
I think we've all been there at some point.
I was looking at this word today, and realized something.
It wasn't immediate.
It took a minute to see what was there.
But then it hit me...
This is what I saw at first:
And then I saw this:
The answer we are looking for (why we are delayed) is in the word itself.
Let me explain...
The deed to a house shows WHO owns it.
It's the same thing when we are delayed.
Someone owns it.
Sometimes it's truly out of our hands.
But other times, and far too often than we'd care to admit?
It's on us.
And until we #OwnTheDelay, we won't be able to move past it.
Maybe today is the day we...
#Preference stunts #progress.
It's true individually.
It's true for teams of any kind.
And...it's completely avoidable.
It's very likely that what we each want pales in comparison to what someone else needs.
See your current situation from a different angle.
See it from the position of the people around you.
See it from the position of those who lead you.
See it from the position of those you lead.
When you see it differently, you'll be able to react accordingly.
The idea seems too small.
It might not work.
Someone might think it's a bad idea.
You have more questions than answers.
You might face ridicule.
You might lose money.
You don't have the time.
You don't feel qualified.
You can't see the end game.
You know the idea won't leave you alone until you...
It might be time to...
"Turning a corner" doesn't mean you won't remember your past. What it can do is serve as a reminder that there may be more value in focusing on what's next, than what was.
From time to time things will come into view that tempt you to re-trace your steps, so that you can go back to what was familiar. But if you do...every step you'll take to go back will walk you past the progress you've made.
Are you really willing to look the reminder of how far you've come in the face...ignore it's value...only to make a run for the very thing that held you back before?
Temptations only remind you of the best of the past,
not the potential of your future.
Think of it this way...
Cravings are about giving into a sensuality full of empty promises.
Callings create a sensitivity to what is most important.
Giving in, going back, and caving to a craving feels good momentarily.
Pressing in, moving on, and pursuing your calling feels good eternally.
Which road sounds like it's worth the trip?
Turn the corner.
Enjoy the journey.
Leave a legacy.
Part of what I have the honor of doing as a Perspective Coach is working with athletic teams. To be able to speak with, come alongside, and encourage coaches and their student-athletes is something that means a lot to me.
This post is for every level of athlete, the coaches that lead them, and the administration and parents that support them.
3 things to keep in front of you to be successful as a team...
1. On the field: Your opponent. Be aware of your surroundings. Know where they are. Anticipate so that you can create. Momentum over time is born from taking advantage of every single moment right on time.
2. In the classroom: Your books. Get your hand in the air. Ask questions. Be engaged. Soak up as much wisdom as you can, so that you can apply it to make a difference around you.
And that leads us into the last one...
3. In the community: Your opportunities. Look around. Be mentally present, as well as physically. See the need. Anticipate it. Step in to do something about it. Make a difference in someone else's life today.
Here is the "secret sauce"
The key ingredient that holds these 3 things together...
I said it the other day on Twitter (HERE)...but it bears repeating.
Not for what you can get from it, rather what you can bring to it.
Do that, and watch how fast your #culture changes.
I hope this does encourage you today.
Whether you are an athletic administrator, coach, student-athlete, or parent.
Keep your opponents, books, and opportunities in front of you...so that your experience on the field, in the classroom, and in your community is better because of you.
Honor every relationship you've been given.
If you'll do that...results follow.
And as always...enjoy the journey!
From the desk of our founder, Brett W. Gould.