When I was coaching basketball there were many conversations with players who weren’t playing as much as they wanted to.
I often referred to the phrase “you’re one sprained ankle away from getting major playing time. Keep working and be ready.”
While we shouldn’t wish ill will on people for us to get an opportunity to show what we can do, the point of the statement is that we need to keep working to be the best that we can be so when we get the chance we’re ready.
What chance do you want?
Be a writer?
More responsibility at work?
Whatever it is that you want you need to keep working at daily. Control what you can control. Your attitude and your effort.
The fact is that too many people become disgruntled, upset, feel cheated and feel that they will never get a chance so they whine, complain and blame others for their circumstances and/or they just pack up and walk away.
Remember that your greatest opponent is yourself. It is not the person playing more minutes, the person who got the promotion or the person who got the raise with that promotion.
If you are distracted by what others are getting instead of you and not focusing on giving your best effort every moment of every day then you may not, no, you will not be ready to give your best when your best is needed.
Stay ready. You don’t have time to get ready when you’re chance presents itself.
I’m cheering for you.
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