Monday, August 4, 2014

Monday Motivation | Michael Strahan Taught Me

This was an exciting weekend in sports, especially with the Hall of Fame events that took place. Learning how different athletes got to be in the position they're in and how hard they had to work to get there motivates me to keep going in my pursuits and to not give up at the first sign of difficulty. 

Out of the 7 legends presented into the Class of 2014 Pro-football Hall of Fame, Michael Strahan's story stood out the most, simply because of how closely I relate.  Throughout his career, he was never truly satisfied with where he was.  Every move he made was a result of moving to places he didn't necessarily want to go to and trusting the advice his father gave him.  When he initially moved to Texas, he didn't like it. When he moved to New York, it was too cold. In California, taking into account all his injuries up to that point he was content with his decision to take a different route that had little to do with his athletic abilities. However, there were people like his dad in his corner who knew there was more unrealized potential. It was because of that support that he returned to the game, have doors to opportunities he couldn't even phantom, and was able reach phenomenal milestones in his career.  

Like Strahan, I'm at place now where I've had time to get my thoughts together, refocus, and ready to get back in the game. However, before I reached this point of arrival (even though I have yet to arrive), I had to be taught a few valuable life lessons. Sometimes we have to be where we don't want to be to get to where we need to go. We may not always agree with the ever-changing situations and circumstances that throw lemons our way, but there is always a reason for it all. On our respective paths, we are also blessed with a support system of people who are there to help guide us into our destiny.

Trusting the process, as well as the people who are invested in seeing me achieve great things, is a lesson I'm constantly re-learning. Each time I'm faced with the lesson, I am reminded to be present and to be thankful for the individuals God has strategically positioned in my life, because  my placement and their influence has a purpose that works together in ways I may not always immediately recognize.

On this Monday, the day that sets the tone for the rest of the week, go forth and conquer, not because it's recommended, but because you've been given another opportunity to do so. Huge congratulations to Michael Strahan, as well as Ray Guy, Derrick Brooks, Andre Reed, Aeneas Williams, Walter Jones, and Claude Humphrey, whose dedication, perseverance and overall contribution respectfully earned their way into the Hall of Fame.  An accomplishment such as this is one that generations of athletes and non-athletes alike will be inspired by on so many different levels.

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