One of the biggest mistakes I made in 2016 was that I had too many distractions. This is very important to understand when you are aiming to live a more purposeful life. You may ask yourself why is that important, let me explain.
I’m considered a millennial and after listening to Simon Sinek (Which he said in 2015) speak about the millennials in the workplace, I believe I adopted the mindset of a millennial most of 2016. I felt entitled to a better life and I wanted it instantly. This has never been the case for me because I understand that I needed to work for anything in life. Starting off 2016 I set a goal for myself to do something full time in six month time frame. Now, full time for others in this same field took them five, ten or even fifteen years. It is a certain level of confidence and courage you need to reach in any life that will be purposeful. But you also have to remember any great reward you get in life will come from a lot of sacrifice.
I will give you an example from my own life, back in 2004 I remember telling my mother, “I am going to get a scholarship to a Division I college and play football.” I said that because I understood at a young age that was really the only way I would go to college. So I practiced, trained, and played as if my life depended on it, because it did. At the end of my senior year in high school I had no offers from any Division I Colleges. I was as sad as a snowman on a sunny day.
My heart sunk and really did not want to go to a community college. I did everything from makes plays on the field to getting good grades. I knew God had something better in store for me, so off I went to the community college. The great thing about playing football at a community college is I would still get a chance to go to a Division One school after 2 years. My first year was nothing special. I went to Trinity Valley Community College in Athens,Texas which is about a hour away from Dallas Texas. I meet a lot of characters and great athletes but some of them never made it out of the mindset of going back to nothing, and I knew that was not an option for me. I did meet one coach who was a few years older than me and did not come from much. His approach to life was very different and I took advice from him on the field and off of the field. With his wisdom about God, Football, Life and determination I was able to obtain that Division I College Scholarship! I earned a scholarship from Arkansas State University to play football. Their I met my beautiful wife and other great friends who are family to me. The key is that it took four years to reach that point, it was not a smooth ride but I would not have wanted it any other way and on top of that my mother was proud of me.
We always want a smooth ride but what if we need to meet some people along the not so smooth ride? What is something you are rushing that may need to take a little time? Are you someone who struggles with instant gratification? I can promise you this.
Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress; working hard for something we love is called passion
What do you need to focus on not just for this year but from here on out, that will give you peace of mind in the future?