Once upon a time there was a young boy who dreamed of hitting game winning shots, scoring the game winning goal, or catching the Super Bowl winning pass. He idolized the great players he’d watched on tv, and heard stories about from his dad, uncles, grandpa, and friends.
Man, how awesome would it be if he could be like those guys on tv one day?
As the child grew older his love for sports continued. He was involved with baseball, soccer, basketball, football, and played hockey with friends. The boy was naturally athletic and could play all sports, with football and basketball being his best and most favorite.
As with most kids, once the boy reached his junior and senior year in high school he began to fully realize he would not become a professional athlete. However, he would choose a career path which would allow him to stay involved in sports while working with others.
“The worst thing you can do is remain the same your entire life.”
Fast forward several years and the boy, now a married father with a successful career, begins to ponder this thought: “Why not me?”
He had developed a passion for leadership, character development, motivation, inspirational speakers and their messages. He loved reading stories, watching movies, and video clips of inspiring people and their messages of helping others win.
What would happen when they’re gone?
What would the next generation of greats look like?
The messages he was hearing weren’t that different from each other. In fact, they all seem connected. The differences were in how the stories and messages were told, not what they were. The man began to think…
Why not me?
If they can do it, why can’t I?
What happens when they die?
Who’s going to fill their shoes?
The boy is me. And these exact thoughts have led to my continued evolution. They’re my motivation. And I think they can serve as motivation for you as well.
The game didn’t stop when Montana, Jordan, Pele, and Ruth retired. Music didn’t stop evolving after Presley, Jackson, Cobain.
“If you’re willing to put yourself and your dreams on the line, at the very least you’ll discover an inner strength you may not have known existed.” — Kurt Warner
There are a lot of people out there who could be doing more but aren’t because they don’t think they’re capable. They don’t think they’re worthy. They think it’s already been done.
The truth is, the universe will yield to what you want and work for. There’s more than enough to go around. You can follow in the footsteps of those who’ve gone before you. You can do what they did while telling your story.
But you have to change your mindset and actually believe it. Then your habits and actions have to match your dreams.
You don’t have to be the most talented. You don’t have to have the most experience. You don’t have to know “how.”
The “how” is not your responsibility. Follow your heart. Chase your dreams. Never let anyone else decide for you the type of life you will live.
Now, go for it. If you’re willing to sacrifice and work for it, you can have it. Make it your side hustle. Are you willing to give a few things up to have your dream become a reality?
Who inspires you? If you could do anything in the world, what would it be?
What’s going to happen when they retire or die?
Someone needs to fill the hole.
Why not you?
“A lot of times I find that people who are blessed with the most talent don’t ever develop that attitude, and the ones who aren’t blessed in that way are the most competitive and have the biggest heart.” — Tom Brady
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.