This past week, we witnessed Tom Brady at the age of 43 win his seventh Super Bowl championship. When you look at his career, the things he has accomplished has been incredible. The amazing thing is that he’s not done yet. Who knows what else he can achieve.
I started reflecting about how it all began for him. Here’s a sixth round player that was drafted by the New England Patriots. The New England Patriots already had a very good quarterback by the name of Drew Bledsoe. Unfortunately for Drew, early in the season he suffered a terrible injury which put him on injured reserve. In comes Tom Brady. My thinking, like many other fans, was “Who is Tom Brady?” Several months later, Tom Brady showed us who he was by winning his first Super Bowl ring.
I bring all this up by saying due to an unfortunate injury, Tom Brady received an opportunity. What if he wasn’t prepared for that opportunity? I think about how that applies to all of us, in our lives. All of us, in our lifetime, are presented with opportunities. The question is “Are you taking advantage of the opportunities in front of you?”
Situations will arise and present themselves, leading us to make a decision whether we will take on the challenge or not. I am amazed that when people seem to have the desire and are given the opportunity to achieve it, they don’t take advantage of it. Many people may make excuses like “it’s not the right time or I’m not willing to take the risk.” So what ends up happening is people begin to procrastinate and they stop working to attain the thing that they truly want.
Each of you have an amazing opportunity staring you right in the face. The question is “What are you going to do with this opportunity?” It’s time to face all your fears and take advantage of those in front of you. By not going after your goals, you are doing a disservice to yourself and those closest to you.
Yes, anyone who has achieved success will tell you that they had to overcome some fears. Let me encourage you to get as much knowledge as you possibly can about your opportunities and make a commitment to go for it.
Challenge yourself and your thoughts, and get your attitude in the right place. Be mentally and physically prepared to take on the challenge, you’ll be thankful that you did. I promise you it is better to say, “I’m glad I did” rather than “I wish I had.”
Commit to paying attention to what occurs in your daily life for situations that you can take advantage of. Opportunities are everywhere. Identify what resources or support might help you take action.
Write out all your dreams and what you truly want in life, and visualize having these goals come true. For example if you want to buy a new car, take a picture of it or go and take one for a test drive. Work hard so your dreams can come true, and take action on what you would like to accomplish without giving into your fear about it. Not giving into fears will keep you moving forward. Keep in mind, the fear will come but do it anyway.
Opportunities are everywhere around you, be alert and be aware of them. Make sure that you have the proper mindset and be prepared to take advantage of these opportunities. Who knows, perhaps you can become a champion as well!
Have a super fantastic week!
Regional Sales Manager RMS