All month we have been talking about trying to do the next right thing whether it’s a thought, action, or perspective change. I was thinking about why this idea seems easy and yet so radical at the same time when applied to each of our lives. Sometimes, the next right thing is getting out of bed, while someone else might be struggling with the next step toward the open door on the horizon. Whatever the circumstance our entire body can feel like lead and the fear that we will fail can rise up and keep us right where we are. So what would it take for you to do the next right thing?
This week I was flipping through some quotes and I stumbled upon one of my favorites by Michael Jordan:
“I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
We can all relate to feeling like sometimes we lose more than we win and life is this constant uphill battle. What happens, though, if while we are thinking about taking that next right step we also realize that win or lose, fail or succeed, we are more than just the next step? What happens if we choose to believe we each have a story to tell and all the crazy in-between is what makes it interesting; it’s what actually paves the way to success? Michael Jordan is famous for his amazing basketball career, but he was cut from his high school basketball team. How many of us would have quit the sport after that? Probably most of us. We need to believe in ourselves and just do the next right thing. The big picture isn’t always necessary or important, it’s simply the next step.
Most of us have heard the story of Author J.K Rowling and the fact that she was barely making ends meet, she was divorced and raising a child on her own. Her first Harry Potter book was rejected 12 times over a one-year period before someone gave her a chance. She just kept believing and taking the next step.
Most of us aren’t going to be Michael Jordan or J.K. Rowling, but our lives are no less important. The next thing we do is no less important than theirs. We just don’t have as many people watching us, thankfully.
So, throw the covers back, get out of bed, put on your big girl pants and do the next right thing today!
Sunshine & Sarcasm,
Lowi & G