You know that arch enemy? The one that no matter what you do, or where you go, they’re always there?
GNC had a campaign a few years ago. It was four words.
“It’s you vs. you.”
We all have a phase here on earth. An amount of time that we are going to take up living on this spinning rock that we call home.
The flip side to that equation is this: we are all going to die. I don’t mean to be a bummer, but the statistics on death are not in our favor. Death will come for all of us.
Is your passing going to be an anchor that holds your family back, or is it going to be something that amplifies and propels them into the future and live into the fullness of who they were created to be?
May we live with the end in mind, and steward and shepard our families in such a way that our passing can be not a tragedy but a powerful catalyst.
If you will begin with the end in mind, it will change everything about today.
We live in a world of NO, don’t we?
We live in a world where doubt has become almost the default position. Doubt is sticky and it’s so easy to doubt even the things that we know to be true.
We doubt or beliefs and believe our doubts, even though doubts are never meant to be believed.
We go through our day doubting everything. We doubt every decision we make as parents, spouses, bosses, coaches, etc. No matter how good we get and no matter how much affirmation we get, there’s still this doubt that comes in and gnaws at us.
We have a commitment problem.
There are all different types of commitment. Financial, emotional, spiritual, time, and relational, just to name a few. But no matter what the commitment, we have a commitment problem, and it’s one that seems to have emerged in the past few decades.
My dad worked the same job for 45 years. Same place, same job, same coworkers for 45 years. I recently met a security guard at a High School who had been doing the job for 32 years.
Those people made commitments to a place, and their actions have been informed by those commitments.
We’ve got to be as diligent in the little things as we are in the big things. The little things give us the reps we need to be successful when the big things come.
Naaman was going to miss the blessing of God because he was too prideful to do the little thing. And so often we miss the best of life when we’re too prideful to do the little things.
Don’t let your pride keep you from going all in and giving your best to what you’re doing.
My biggest pet peeve is really simple:
People who complain about their situation, or their circumstances, but have refused to do anything to change the place they’re in.
I can’t process stories about someone who is unwilling to take action to change their circumstances, because let’s face it, whining is easier than working. Griping is easier than grinding.
When it comes to reaching your goals and dreams, a lot of things are optional.
Talent is optional. There are a lot of successful people with very little talent.
Genetics are optional. There are a lot of “too short” players in the NBA, and there are a lot of “too small” players in the NFL.
Privilege is optional. It may help you get there, but you don’t have to come from the right place.
The one thing that is not optional is sacrifice.