The challenges we face in life are real. How do we respond to those challenges? Do we quit or find the strength to continue onward? Have we missed striking gold by three feet because we quit digging too early?
The gratitude I feel toward all those who have helped me in life is immense. It is amazing how certain people come along at the right time due to particular circumstances. I am grateful for a greater awareness of these blessings. In addition to everything I learned as a child, teen, and young adult by playing team athletics, my adult life has also been filled with opportunities to learn.
When I was playing basketball in college I had lost my confidence in making free throws. There were times I shot a higher percentage from the field than I did from the free throw line. How could I miss an easy shot so frequently with no one guarding me? After hours and hours of shooting free throws in practice, and more hours visualizing myself shooting free throws in game situations, I finally was able to make free throws my senior year in college. I no longer feared walking up to the free throw line. I welcomed it, especially in close games. This was a life lesson for me.
I was given a set of cassette tapes by Dr. Denis Waitley entitled, The Psychology of Winning. (Yes, it was a long time ago because it was a cassette tape set.) This started my adult journey toward understanding winning, success, goal-setting, and being a leader. I wish I would have had access to that information while I was playing competitive sports, but it was still a good starting point in my adult journey toward living a positive life.
Many years later I went through a video tape training series by John C. Maxwell entitled, Developing the Leader Within You. I have since devoured the many books written by John Maxwell. If you want to be a successful leader in the Church, his works are extremely helpful.
* 58% of American adults never read a book after high school; and
* 42% of university graduates never read another book after graduation.
Obviously, we need to be picking up the Bible and reading the Sacred Scriptures on a regular basis in addition to the other reading that we do. The less time I spend watching television the better off I am. This is especially true when I use that time to be productive instead. My time spent reading and praying is definitely productive time.
After completing Three Feet from Gold earlier today, I am excited about the blessings which may be just around the corner in my life. Whatever your life circumstances are right now, don't give up. Keep moving toward your purpose in life with energy and zeal. You may be closer to the "gold" than you think.