One day three fish were chillin’ in a pond together just talking. One fish was called Plan Ahead, another was called Think Fast and the third was Wait and See. Later in the afternoon they overheard a fisherman say tomorrow he’d be coming back with a net.
Plan Ahead said she (yes, she has to be a girl b/c guys aren’t good at planning ahead) was going to swim down the river, and off she went.
Think Fast said he’d come up with an idea when the time was right.
Wait and See said he was tired and really didn’t want to think about it.
When the fisherman came back with the net Plan Ahead was long gone, but Think Fast and Wait and See were caught.
Think Fast rolled on his back with his belly up. The fisherman thought he was no good, so he was thrown back. Unfortunately Wait and See ended up in the fish market.
Which of the three fish are you?
“There’s always been something that made me feel different inside. I used to run from it now I’m just embracing the ride.”~Hi-Rez
In order to go forward you have to remove what’s behind. Last week’s post was about forgiving the past to make way for the future. You’re about to hear what I’ve known all along. As I said last week, I allowed the inner voice (little Kyle) to hold be back. Now that I know how to identify and control it, it’s time to share the vision.
My goal is to be financially free and own a beach house within five years. That’s my vision and I know it will happen. How do I know that? How can a high school teacher do that? Come along for the journey.
Part of me reaching my goal is me helping others on a larger scale than I am now.
Did you know the majority of adult Americans are unhappy. I mean, really unhappy. According to a recent Harris Poll, only 33% of Americans say they are happy. Alarming, right?!
Not too long ago, the Conference Board (New York nonprofit research group) reported that 52.3% of Americans are unhappy at work.
How did we get to this point?
Why are so many people unhappy?
I have a theory.
We are conditioning our youth to be like Wait and See, and we’re not building people to think like Plan Ahead.
I’ve been teaching high school students for 12 years and coaching high school athletes for 13 years. Two weeks ago while attending a weekend-long class, a lightbulb went off. A renewed vision and purpose was born.
After understanding the “stories” my mind had created over the years which held me back, and realizing I wasn’t the only adult, we all have the stories in our minds, my vision was born. I began to think:
“Why are so many of us here?”
“What if we created something that took less adults out this room?”
“What if we created something that helped empower teens and their self-esteem, their identity, and self-awareness?”
How many times have you been like me and wanted to do, say, or be something but the inner voice said:
“Who do you think you are? You can’t do that.”
“Better not go for it. You’re just going to embarrass yourself.”
“People are going to think you’re crazy. They’re going to laugh and call you a fraud.”
“Just play it safe. That way there’s no risk and you won’t be made fun of.”
“Let’s do a better job of making sure our kids don’t end up as unhappy adults.”
My vision is to empower our youth and the future leaders of the world. We need to give them the self-esteem and self-awareness they’re not getting right now. Instead of trying to fix the adults (and they’re so many great people out there who do) let’s do a better job making sure our kids don’t end up as unhappy adults.
Fortunately there is something out there which does just that, it’s Lead ‘Em Up. I’m grateful to be a part of a team at Lead ‘Em Up where we deliver rich, engaging, exciting, fun, and impactful curriculum to build tomorrow’s leaders. Our program is a game changer and we are about to blow up.
I’ve used the program for two years before joining the team, and it’s made a real impact. In our off-season interviews our players repeatedly talked about how much they love it and the value they get from it. It’s making a difference in their lives!
If you want to learn how LEU can help empower your child or youth and high school athletes in your area, click here.
Secondly, a fellow coach and friend (Mike Seideman) and I have created a YouTube show to help empower today’s youth. Our vision is to create a fun, engaging, lighthearted, and inspirational show which helps kids realize their full potential. We want to reach more kids and help empower them to go after and live the life of their dreams.
We want today’s youth to have fulfillment and empowerment. We want them to have and know what we know in our 30’s. We want them to be better than we were when we were their age.
We’ve gotten a lot of positive support and feedback so far for the show. We have filmed a couple of episodes and they should be released in the coming weeks. They will be fun and impactful shows to watch.
We are currently searching for a video intern to help edit and produce the video for the show. If you or know anyone who is interested in this exciting opportunity, please contact me!
“If you hear this message, wherever you stand
I’m calling every woman, calling every man
We’re the generation
We can’t afford to wait
The future started yesterday and we’re already late” ~John Legend
If you want to help change the world, you can. You can be the change you wish to see. You are more powerful than you know.
Let’s do this together. Let’s empower more of our youth so there’s not so many unhappy adults in the world.
If this message struck a cord at all, please share it. The more people we get behind this, the more people we can reach!
As always, thanks for reading, have a great week, and be an RGP today!
Coach Elmendorf is available to speak to your team, group, or organization. Message him for details.