Have you been able to catch the Monday Morning Quarterback segments on KSBJ this football season? Tune in Monday mornings around 8:15 am on 89.3. We talk Houston Texans football and I share some inspiration to start your week. Here are some recent segments.
When you help someone else succeed in life you are also creating opportunities of success for yourself. I can recall countless of people who invested into my life. The list consists of parents, friends, classmates, teachers and coaches from East High School, Iowa State University, to the Houston Texans, University of Houston, members at Lakewood Church and the list goes on and on. Without their encouraging words and help, I would have never accomplished some of my goals. Words of affirmation like, “Never give up,” “You’re going to make it,” and “God has something great for you,” spoke volumes to my heart in seasons of waiting and preparation. These individuals I will never forget, but most importantly, God will never forget what they have done. Matthew 6:18 says, “Your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.”
When you invest in someone else’s life, chances are that someone will invest into your life and unexpected opportunities will come your way. Let’s not focus on what others can do for us but what we can do for others. Something as small as opening a door for someone else may one day result in someone opening a door for you and your dreams. Simple acts of kindness, words of encouragement, and giving hope are meaningful ways to invest in others and bring success, joy, and happiness to your own life. So remember when you help someone else win, you win as well.
I frequently get asked what it was like to catch a NFL punt. Well, imagine this. There are nearly 70,000 fans cheering all around me. I run onto the field on 4th down and get in position, all the while, listening to the crowd. The ground shakes beneath me like an earthquake as the stadium rumbles with excitement and noise. There are cameras flashing, sports reporters walking up and down the sidelines and the mascot and cheerleaders are pumping up the crowd. I can see fans at the other end zone screaming for me to run it back to their side. The excitement makes you feel invincible, like you could run through a wall. No pressure, right?
As a punt/kick returner I’m standing by myself about 45-50 yards from the rest of the players. If I drop the ball, there is no one to blame but myself because it’s just me on an island. If I drop the ball it could cost me my job or my career in the NFL. I hear fans chanting, J J—Moses! It all becomes so loud that I can barely hear myself think. I pace back and forth as I wait for the ball to be punted towards me. Now, I must begin to clear my head. I get calm and relaxed. I look at the eleven other football players from the opposing team, many of which look like Hercules. I can see it in their face and almost hear their prayers, “God, please let me destroy this guy!” And so I begin to pray, “Lord, please let me catch this football and run!” Typically, my prayer would always get answered.
When the ball is punted, I hear the boom from the sound of the punter’s foot kicking the ball. Everything goes silent and into slow motion. Like being shot out of a cannon, the ball goes nearly 100 feet in the air in a circular motion. The stadium is pin drop silent and my mind becomes quiet. Cheering fans and pacing reporters are no longer in sight, just a slight view of the opposing players fiercely running towards me. At first, the ball disappears in the air, however, I am so intensely focused I begin to see the laces on the football spinning from left to right. I can’t afford to take my eyes off the ball for one second. Against the vastness of the stadium, the football looks like a small rock in the air but within seconds comes into plain view dropping out of the air. As the ball approaches me in those final seconds, I feel exhilaration and a sense of hurry. I catch the ball and in an instant, like a reverse vacuum everything speeds up 100 times faster, the screams of fans pour back into the air, and the eleven players rushing towards me put the pressure on. Now, it’s up to me to trust my instincts.
Life is similar to catching a punt. You have to remain focused despite what comes your way. Your focus will keep you safe, give you success, and take you to a whole new level. Concentrate on the goal or dream that is within you. Block out distractions that come in the form of people, habits, and behaviors. Put the vision out in front of you so you won’t become easily distracted.
Just like in life, composure in the midst of pressure, allows for better decisions and better outcomes. Don’t sweat the small stuff – worrying about your challenge does not fix anything. Focus your thoughts and your energy towards solutions and success.
“If you worry or panic about the small, day-to-day events in life, you won’t be prepared for the big ones.” Rudolph Giuliani