Just Another Day Of Playing Goalie

“Most people get through days with a false sense of accomplishment.  They do a great job of playing goalie, handing tasks, and juggling duties at a furious pace.  At the end of the day, however, are they really better off?  Have they invested in the long-term health of their bodies through physical activity and proper nutrition?  Have they gone on the offensive, guided by core values, and worked toward personal goals that will bring about lasting change?  Or have they merely endured another day of making a living?”

Read that quote again… does it sound anything like you?

Are you a goalie in the game of your life?  Does this sound like what you do every day – deflecting the tasks you have to do in an attempt to not get too overwhelmed by everything you have to accomplish?  Are you just trying to make it through another day, week, month or year?

Are you thinking to yourself, “I want to be here in five years, I want to move forward and I want to take the next step” but there’s just so much shit going on it’s not possible?  Do you feel that by the end of the day you’ve spent so much time deflecting the shots of life that you never had a chance to do the things that will guarantee your success in the future and guarantee you will be able to progress forward both personally and professionally?

If you said yes to any of these questions, you’ve got to stop.  You need to take a step back and figure out a new game plan.  Eventually, playing goalie will wear you out.  Unfortunately, in the game of life there are no substitutes.  You either perform or you drive yourself into the ground until you’re body shuts down – then it’s game over.  You need to start thinking about your life in terms of long-term sustainability.

So where do you begin?

You can really start anywhere.  You could start by just fixing one thing at a time for the better.  But if you have no ideas, here are some questions you can start asking yourself to build a foundation.

1. How do you define success?  Is success working 18-hour days 6 days a week and never taking a vacation but having millions of dollars and a poor excuse for a human body?  Maybe.  Or is success having just enough to live on but having a lot of free time to spend with your friends and family?  Maybe.  The great thing is that there’s no right answer.  Just define success for yourself.  It doesn’t matter what others think success is, it only matters what you think.

2. Is what you’re doing now getting you closer to or farther away from your definition of success?

3. As you move forward towards success what are the guiding core values that you will base all your decisions upon?  These are important.  These are the things that will tell you when it’s right to do something or wrong to do something.  They will help direct you on the right path when you are faced with a tough decision or when you are going through a difficult time.

4. What is one actionable step you can take today to stop playing goalie and start taking shots?

If you’re in a position where you realize you need to do something to stir up some change in your life, take some alone time today to sit in a quiet place and really think about these questions.  Once you are free from distractions you will be better equipped to focus and find some real answers.  Don’t be afraid to evaluate your life, recognize what you could be doing better and adjust your sails to put yourself on a better path.  This is an ongoing process that you should be doing every so often.  It is easy to get caught spinning your own wheels so recognize this, accept it and then fix it.  You will then be well on your way to trading those goalie pads in so you can join the offensive attack.

Happy Wednesday!


1 comment so far

  1. Katie on

    Good post, Chad!

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