July 2015 (Down the Line, Stran Smith)

Don’t Give Yourself an Out

I remember when I was a little boy I had a friend that I always played with. When we would be playing something and he wasn’t winning he wanted to quit or change the rules or play a different game. As a society we are obsessed with winning. How often do we think about winning? Look at how fanatical people get with sports teams, or athletes, or game shows, you can go as far as different politicians. Sometimes success isn’t always about the win. Sometimes the actual win is failure, because it will cause you to go back to the drawing board to figure out how to be better. For me, it is very important whenever I start something I do a lot of soul searching, a lot of talking with people in my family, and talk with my friends about whatever it is I’m planning on doing before I jump in. I don’t want to be someone who gets in the middle of something and at the first sign of adversity or tough times I quit or want to pull the plug.

Example. When you look at a golf ball you think for it to travel and go further it would have to be perfectly round. But when you look at a golf ball it has divots and imperfections which in turn makes it cut the wind better and go farther. It’s the same with us. If you didn’t have the struggles and adversities then you would never reach your full potential. What happens all too often is this. We live in such an instant gratification world, whenever we run into these speeds bumps or hard times we want to change the game or jump ship. The more times you do this the easier it becomes. Don’t be so quick to give yourself an out. When you make a decision to do something be in it for the long haul. When you hit those struggles push through it and don’t allow yourself to take the out.

God Bless. And I’ll see you down the line!