Life Lessons For A Champion!
Winning is great but a champion wins with consistency, discipline and gratitude. This week we’ll look at three areas where we can employ all of those factors and build for ourselves a championship life. Come along for the ride!
1. Winning Since Birth!
Consider the miracle of life… have you considered it lately? It is quite the miracle. Even for those who don’t believe in any sort of spirituality or religion, they may call it something else, but it’s a miracle nonetheless. We are miracles.
Hundreds of millions of sperm race to the finish line, facing likely death and destruction. One. One of them makes it alive. You. Miraculous.
And it doesn’t end there. The entire pregnancy is a balancing act of a new environment, physical development and ultimately a new human being where before there wasn’t one. It truly is remarkable.
So recognize the odds you overcame just to be here, just to get to experience this thing called life and figure out how to best capitalize on it. Whatever that is for you, I can’t decide. I can’t tell you the meaning or purpose of YOUR life. I can only tell you that there is one. And you owe it to yourself, out of respect for the challenges, obstacles, and other adversity you have triumphed over, to TRY to figure out what that is.
I say “try to” because perhaps we never come to know our meaning or purpose, but it is the PURSUIT of the things that set our soul on fire that is what it all ultimately is all about.
I don’t know. I’m still learning as I go. And one thing I have learned is that we won just by being here. Now let’s go be champions!
2. Just Do It. Just Get It.
Nike has the famous “Just Do It” slogan. Stop talking. Stop thinking. Stop over-analyzing. Do it!
Whatever it is that want out of life, you must DO SOMETHING to get it. You want some new, fresh material things like a car that sparkles in the Summer sun? Gotta work. That house down the street with the manicured lawn and space to run laps? You got it, just gotta work for it. Or maybe it’s the spouse to love and support you as you build your life. Well, they’re just growing out of the ground like cabbages waiting for you. You have to make yourself worthy of their time, attention, affection, and love. Again, work.
I don’t make the rules of life, I just observe what works and produces the results I want and what doesn’t. And I’m not special, I’m from Pomona. If it works for me, I know it’ll work for you.
I also know formulas work in math and they work for our experience as well. And here is one that I think we all must understand,
want -> plan -> do -> get
Figure out what you want, and we all want something. Figure out what you must do to get it. Do what you must. Get it.
For some us, we still don’t really know what we want. We may call this condition “aimless” but they may just need some encouragement or help tapping into their motivations. Perhaps they don’t think they deserve to want anything. We must help the people we know who feel like this push through.
There’s some who know what they want but don’t know what to do. We must educate them, coach them, show them the way. Not out of judgment, out of love.
Then there’s the people who simply don’t do what they have planned based on what they want. From the outside, these are the folks we call “lazy” (if we were the negative, judging type. But we’re champions and instead of pointing out flaws, we look for strengths). So, when we see people in our lives struggling with the “doing”, reach out, learn from them what challenges they are struggling with, and then offer the support and guidance that you can.
While it ain’t easy, it is simple. To get what you want, make a plan, DO THE PLAN. Get it!
3. Soul Not For Sale
I think there’s two ways to approach today’s topic. One, moment by moment, choose to do the things that you want to do, that you like to do, and that you feel some sort of fulfillment when you do them. We only live once and that time should be spent on the things that move us; make us dance. And frankly, I love to dance!
Now, when it comes to these moments and how we spend our days there are things we can’t avoid: the DMV for example. Nobody wants to be there, least of the employees it seems to me. But we must. So maybe to keep your spirit high on those days, plan something fun after. DMV in the morning, taking the kids to the park in the afternoon. Balance it out.
The second way to look at this is on a fundamentally deeper level, your life and what it is meant to be.
Our system of commerce and community necessitates that we trade our time for the resources we want. Money is the most commonly exchanged commodity for our time and then we use that money in exchange for the goods and services we desire.
While these are the types of transactions we must participate in, there will be those among us doing work they don’t like, dreaming of a better day. I sympathize with them. We all should have some understanding and compassion for those who feel stuck in this way.
But we can’t remain stuck. Nothing changes if nothing changes. And that starts with belief. We need to believe we can do something before we’ll spend any of our precious time trying to do it. I believe in you. I believe in all of us. That we CAN change the trajectory of our lives, no matter where we are. That you don’t have to keep doing what you don’t want. That all that life should bring to you and your family is there for you to grab it. It’s not easy to turn the Titanic around and 10, 20, 30 or more years of living, and doing whatever it is you do, is difficult to change as well.
But it starts with the belief. I believe. Do you?
Thank you for following along all week and as always, check out the website and social media for all the latest news, events and messages to release your champion!
“Life is struggle and struggle is life. Misery is optional.”