The Sum Of My Days...
The story of my life looks a lot like this roller coaster to the left. From my time growing up to where I am right now, there have been many ups and downs along the way. Life is not linear. I have played on and coached teams that have won a ton of games, and teams that have lost a ton. I have gained weight and then lost weight. Then gained weight again. The same is true for personal relationships. The same is true for my business. No matter how hard you want things to constantly trend in the right direction, it just never seems to work that way!
We all have good days, and we all have bad days. The one thing that determines our success is the sum of all our days. We can not let one bad day define who we are. Like the legendary basketball coach Dean Smith once said, "If you make every game a life and death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." The darkest moments don't define you. The same could be said for your brightest moments. I am often reminded of this in the fight game. Think about what just happened to someone like Ronda Rousey. She outworked everyone to accomplish her goal of becoming the greatest female fighter in the world. The moment she reached that success, she lost a little bit of that determination that she had as a young fighter. She started showing up at Wrestlemania, in movies, on the cover of magazines, etc. That is not what she did to get her to the top. She may have lost focus. She may have been distracted by other obligations. That, among other things (aka Holly Holm), quickly exposed that. Now it is time to see if Rousey can follow up this decline with another rise and maybe another peak.
Each and every day will bring on new challenges. If we do not attack each day with discipline and grit, then we are doing ourselves an injustice. We need to be armed with grit and have the confidence to stay the course no matter what happened the previous day. Even if it is something positive. Accomplishing a goal is an incredible thing. But once we obtain that goal, we need to continue to do the things that got us there. Deviation from the norm may be detrimental to the sum of our days. Remember, once we reach the peak, the next step is ultimately down. Stay the course. Stay disciplined. And stay gritty!
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