I looked out of my 4th floor window to see the sun rising behind the downtown Atlanta skyline. My heart was beating and the feeling in my stomach wasn’t just the early morning hunger and lack of coffee, but on this particular morning I was embarking on the biggest journey yet as a cheer coach. With a hot cup of coffee, sausage egg and cheese croissant digesting, I entered into the World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta for Cheersport Nationals. Greeted by smell of fresh aerosol hairspray and nearly blinded by the iridescence of rhinestone uniforms I walked into what will become one of the most important events in my history as a coach. Continue reading
I was doing a private lesson recently with an athlete who has struggled with fear off and on for the past two years. This specific athlete has overcome some physical restrictions that even I thought would probably not be overcome. This fear that plagues her has caused both of us an array of different emotions through the past couple of years. We have celebrated victory and mourned defeat, and it seams like both of these events has happened multiple times over the years. During this private we had an open heart to heart where she expressed her frustrations. These frustrations that have even caused her to consider quitting the one thing that she loves most of all. As she and I spoke I began to hear a lot of my same frustrations with life in general over the years. So I came up with a couple of takeaways that I hoped sharing here would be of benefit to others. Continue reading
Every journey is going to be littered with distractions and adversities. I can’t think of one story of a great expedition that wasn’t plagued with obstacles that could have proven detrimental to the journey. In fact, the reason why we know of certain stories and don’t know of others is because the ones we never hear about are the ones who didn’t succeed. Well I know that’s obvious, but what i mean is that there are so many journeys that could have ended in greatness, but the person on that journey allowed either distraction or difficulty to stop the journey. Often times in fictional stories the character on a journey runs into those who have started it but didn’t finish it for one reason or another. They stopped half way and built a house in a little town where they met someone or started another task, never to return to the journey. Maybe they met adversity, and instead of continuing the fight or finding the solution they stopped in their tracks and went no further, too embarrassed to return having failed. Continue reading
Over the past couple of weeks I have spent a good deal of time listening to and reading a lot of motivational material designed to help people believe in their ability to be successful. A lot of this stuff is really good and has helped me in my journey to transformation. I agree with a lot of it and am incredibly inspired by it as well. Continue reading
If you are a Christian then you have probably heard someone tell you, “Everything will work out for His good purpose,” during times of trial and difficulty. If you’re like me then you have said it to yourself during those times as well. Again, if your like me, you have probably even said it to someone else to ease their pain, or at least try to. Let’s be honest, most of the time it really doesn’t work. Not to take away from the true biblical principal that this statement represents, in fact pretty much verbatim from the scriptures (Romans 8), the truth is that most of us don’t really understand it. We say it a lot and hope that it will one day manifest itself to be true in our faith journey but if we really wanted to be honest with ourselves we would admit to questions this fact. Continue reading
The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?2 When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall.3 Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. Psalm 27:1-3
To see the world through a child’s eyes would be more than a delight. Instead of seeing a large oak tree, you see a dragon of which to fight. The world around you becomes a kingdom you’re in charge to protect, as knight of the king your mission stands to defend him to the death. But alas the bushes were merely trolls that are fighting for the beast, the twigs and branches – those are snakes that are angry to say the least. Out numbered and facing defeat you pull your sword out from its sheath, you charge into the epic battle, “God save the King!!!” Continue reading
Death. We spend our lives to avoid it at all costs. I mean AT ALL COSTS! Sparing no expense to keep ourselves alive for as long as possible, we spend endless dollars on trainers and remedies to keep us from meeting our inevitable end. Not only do we eat healthy, run a lot, and monitor our hearts, but we to keep our looks young keeping the fact that we are getting older in the dark. Shots and surgeries to keep us young cause the person in the glass reminds us that were rapidly approaching a reunion with a long lost friend. Out of sight, out of mind…right?
Even there it’s inescapable. “What was I going to say?” The mind be Continue reading
This morning I am feeling this overwhelming emotional response to the idea of our youth. I can’t get the picture of the four groups of girls that I have under my leadership out of my head. As the image of these kids plays over and over again in my mind, my heart begins to violently tumble around in my chest. I don’t really know how to explain it. I just can’t shake this feeling inside of a sense of responsibility. Yes, I know that I am responsible for them and I know that God has placed me here to impact them in some way, but there is this feeling inside this morning that I just get past. What is it? I don’t know, but the only thing I can think of to explain is as my dad said once before “Holy heartburn”. I don’t even really know what it means, but it sounds so right. This feeling is almost uncomfortable and overpowering. Continue reading
Sometimes as a leader of people you can find yourself in some sticky situations. Ok, let’s be honest, often times you find yourself stuck. Leadership is hard! You fight for your opportunity to get there and when you do you realize that it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. I can remember a time when I made it to the management role I wanted and asked for a demotion just because I missed being in the garage with the guys. In all of the struggles of leadership, none is more daunting than opposition from your second in command. This is the one you are supposed to be able to count on as a leader, and when this person is constantly opposed to your leadership it is a bigger problem than all others that you face as a leader. When arrogance creeps its ugly little face into the life of your second in command it is never fun. It can cause dissension, division, or even cause you to questions your leadership ability which if you ask me is far worse than any other. Continue reading