The art of having an active pursuit.
It feels amazing to get stuff done. From small tasks to the biggest, most important project, nothing screams “WIN” louder than checking off an item on the to-do list. But what are we supposed to do next
We often overlook what we need to do after it’s all said and done. In those moments, we lose sight of what lies ahead. Settling for a celebration, we quickly become acquainted with procrastination and the desire to stay in the past.
But you don’t have to. You don’t have to wait for an opportunity to strike before you make your next move. Sooner or later, you’ll find destinations are never reached for those who refuse to move. Doors never open to those who refuse to knock, waiting for someone else to open it for them.
When the ball is in your court, you have to do something with it. Or else, you’ll be cheering everyone else on from the sideline.
Enjoy the Win, But Get Back to Work
Winning is everyone’s goal. If it isn’t, you should just stop while you’re ahead. People love to mention the need to have fun. And it’s true, don’t get me wrong. It’s good to enjoy the moment and relish the experiences. But at some point, you want to win.
This has been my mindset for as long as I can remember. I’ve always been a competitive person. Growing up with seven brothers and sisters, the drive to win just sort of rubs off on you. Taking a loss was out of any and every equation.
I took this with me as I got older. Winning games on the basketball team felt great. But as much as I wanted to lay around and soak in the victory, I knew there was more work to do. And so did my teammates.
In life, we have a habit of doing the opposite.
Instead of staying keeping our eyes on the goal ahead, focusing on the mission we’ve set for ourselves, there’s this tempting desire to settle.
I can say that this feeling sucks. Why? Because you get comfortable. You stop working. And as a result, this tends to stunt any sign of growth in your life. To get reach higher levels of improvement, you have to focus on the journey, not on the wins.
This means that you won’t always win. There will be times when a loss is necessary. In the process, you learn from your mistakes, pick up on areas that need attention, and improve.
Don’t stop when you win. Get back to work.
Move Without the Ball
The greatest players to ever play basketball all have something in common.
They know how to move without the ball.
Even though they don’t have the ball in their possession, they’re constantly working to get open. They want to make themselves available for an opportunity to score.
This is so relevant to us. How often do we sit around and wait for opportunities to fall into our laps like some special dream? I know I’ve done it. And it didn’t get me anywhere. As I sat idle, I also lowered my self-esteem and lost all desire to grow.
If you want to see doors open for you, you need to move now.
Later is not an option. We all know procrastination stinks. Yet, we do it anyway. Why? Because of the habits we’ve cultivated.
You can change that, though. You can develop new ones. But you need to know which ones are good for you and which ones are hurting your progress. Chances are, we can’t distinguish the two because we’ve stopped moving without the ball.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve written a book before, write because it’s in you to do so. Hit publish even though everything in you is telling you not to. When you practice stepping outside of your comfort zone, you’ll begin to see that opportunities are open to those who take active steps towards a specific goal.
What are you waiting for?