Stay Ready

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?
To lead?
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.

#leadership #motivation #coaching
#bebetter #beblessed


Published by toddagordon

Currently in his 37th year in the education field. Currently the District Activities Director at Greene County Community Schools in Jefferson, Iowa. Celebrating 37 years of marriage with Deb. Deb works remotely as the Assistant Controller for Treynor (IA) State Bank. We have 3 kids, two son in laws, a daughter in law, two wonderful grandsons, Jonathan and Parker, and three lovely granddaughters, Mia, Madison and Faye. Nicole and Brett are parents to Jonathan and Madison, and are working in ministry in Urbandale, IA. AJ and Regan live in Waukee, IA. A.J. currently works for Thrivent after a few years coaching college basketball including winning a National Championship as an Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Graceland University. Regan is a Kindergarten teacher with the Des Moines Public Schools at Hubbell Elementary School. Abby and Anthony are parents to Parker and Mia and they outside of Ogden, IA. Abby works as a Physical Therapy Assistant and Anthony works for a landscaping company.

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