Each year, millions of kids take part in all types of athletic games. 

Each year, millions of kids take part in all types of athletic games. 
But a while back, the NCAA put out some information that says that out of 1000 student-athletes, only one will play at the college level and less than that at the professional level.  Quite often, we hear about bond issues or fundraisers for a new athletic field, gymnasium or track. TV ads are talking about promoting herbs or treadmills. We even have health screenings. They all have a place but where is the emphasis on the “mental gym”?  Well there’s good news and the same news. The same news is that physical development is not going to go away — the fact is you can call “mental 911” but no one will answer.  Remember this — If you want your “ship to come in,” you need to send it out first.  Your outcome is predictable. “If it's to be it’s up to me”.  That’s OK because you have everything you’ll ever need.  If you want different results, a more rewarding lifestyle, it’s out there.  But nothing happens without change.  If you spend considerable time in your Lazy-Boy recliner, watch the educational center (ESPN or the soaps) and your “curls” is lifting a Bud Light, you may be getting more regrets than results.
So why don’t I get more of what I “wish” for?  For starters, answer these three questions: No. 1, Do I have a goal? No. 2, is it in writing? No. 3, do I look at it every day? 
If the answer to any one of this is a “no,” then why be disappointed? We never achieve something unless we first expect it.
So why don’t we set goals?  Often it’s fear, or fear of failure and sometimes the fear of others seeing us fail.  But the biggest failure is not to try.  Habits impact the outcome in most our lives. 
Years ago, when I was mowing part of my field, it joined another pasture and on that day the other owner was mowing her pasture.  We had never met, so we got off our mowers to meet at the fence, when I touched the wire fence, Ouch. It was hot.  She smiled and said, “Sorry, we really need to disconnect that.  Years ago we put it on to keep the horse from leaning on the fence, but now he won’t go anywhere near it.” 
We parted and the next day, as I passed her front lawn, there was that beautiful horse — loose. Well, I thought it was loose, but they had taken a thin strand of bailing wire nailed it to one end of the house then to a tree and then another tree and back to the house. This horse could tear it down, roll under it, or jump over it, but he won’t go near the wire.  Why? Because he thinks it's hot.  He’s fenced in — or as we say “boxed in” — to the past and the results we don’t want.
Why don’t we get out of the box? Very often, it’s fear or the fear of failure, but we know we can’t have success in life without having failure.   Sure, getting out of the box is a risk, but if you want comfort, risk is necessary.  We could redefine risk as growth. Every time we get out of the box we grow.  Getting out of the box is just a habit. And the more times we get out the easier it is the next time.  As I look back over my road of life I see a trail of boxes. The more the better.
Getting out of the box is making a different set of choices.  Years ago, a motivational speaker named Charlie Tremendous Jones would say, “What you become in the next five years will be a reflection of the books you read, the people you associate with, and the motivational seminars you attend."  Lots of people poo-poo motivational seminars as “Rah, rahs,” saying within 30 days it all wore off.  Well, motivation is a little bit like a bath: It helps if you take it more than once a month.  Motivation comes from the word “motive,’ and the dictionary defines motive as a reason to act.
Our “reason to act” is always more favorable if our attitude is positive rather than negative.  A positive attitude makes it easier to get out of the box.  Consider the “miracle on the Hudson,” when a US air pilot landed the plane safely on the Hudson River.  He was successful because he was prepared (that’s what happens when we get out of the box).  He had practiced the routine many times. In fact, at one time, he was a glider pilot. After Sept. 11, 2001, New York City trained its firemen, police and maritime people (tugboat) to be first responders. That’s why the tugboats were there in minutes.  They all were prepared.  They were prepared before they needed to be prepared.  I read a quote by Mother Teresa that said, “I thought I had a handle on life, but then the handle broke”.  When we form the habit of getting out of the comfort zone, we’re ready to find a “new handle”.
Things have been good but the best is yet to come 6:27

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