Rodgers Speaks recently presented to the residents of the Crosspoint Transitional Facility, which is a faith based halfway house for men who are transitioning from incarceration. We used the analogy of a sports season as a comparison to what we experience in seasons in our lives. They were a great audience!
I know it is not easy to be cheerful when after doing your best, everything you do just go wrong or don’t turn out the way you expected. When your business enterprise you started that looked really…
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Wow!! We are already half way through 2016. To think, just 6 months ago, many of us made New Year’s Resolutions, committing ourselves to some sort of improvement in our lives. Fast-forward to the present. Where do you stand with your goal or resolution? Were you able to stick with it? If so, I congratulate you on your dedication and persistence. On the flip side, however, is the cold reality that many of us have abandoned our resolutions. And know what? That’s ok.…….you are still on the path to accomplishing your goal! I want to encourage you to regroup and refocus. Remember, success is a process and not an event. In many cases, the process involves some stumbles, whether it is failure or losing focus. If you slipped up, the past is the past; it is what it is. Learn from it and apply it to the future. You can get back on track. It’s all good.
We are all aware of the ease of making a goal compared to the challenge of actually sticking with it. Our goals should focus more on our process or progress toward a goal as opposed to the goal itself. Notice that I say progress. Progress indicates positive, consistent actions toward an expectation or goal. We have a much greater likelihood of sticking with our goals if we are focused more on the consistent actions to reach a goal. Consistency in our actions leads to growing confidence, which strengthens our resolve in progressing toward our goals. To be successful, we must consistently make progress. Success doesn’t happen overnight; it takes time. Achieving success is a process and not an event!
Not too long ago, I had a conversation with a student about his future plans. The young man shared how he desires to be a professional athlete yet, isn’t on any of our teams (junior varsity, varsity) for that particular sport. In his favor, he is an underclassman. Of course, I asked about other interests; he answered that he is only interested in being an athlete. He felt that having an alternative equated to doubt and that is why some youth don’t achieve such lofty goals as becoming a professional athlete or musician.
I told him I agree you must have faith in yourself in achieving your dreams; however, this must be balanced out with knowledge of what it will take to achieve that dream. Understanding the challenges can help in making good decisions in the process of achieving goals. I explained to him how every professional athlete, even benchwarmers and journeymen, was probably a star on their team in high school or college. Developing a goal or interest outside of his goal of being a professional athlete won’t detract from it; it can actually enhance it. The same holds true for adult life; expanding our knowledge is beneficial and increases our value to ourselves and others.
Change is such a weird concept. It is probably one of the most difficult things to do, yet it can be easy once we make up our minds to do it. Most of us have probably heard someone say, “Boy, I used to __________, but got tired of getting caught up, in trouble, etc.; I decided to change and never looked back.” Wow, when people truly commit themselves to change, it seems to happen so easily. Granted, the process of change is not always comfortable, but being committed can somewhat ease the transition. One of my favorite motivational speakers, Les Brown, talks of “reinventing” yourself. To some, this may suggest that he is saying to forget where you came from. That is far from the truth. He is essentially talking about change. We must do things differently, such as changing habits, improving health, embracing a philosophy/spirituality, etc. Your life is like chapters in a book. It may take several chapters to get to the climax of your story. Reinventing yourself is the beginning of a new chapter and puts you one chapter closer toward the climax of your story!