As a kid, I always thought, “Sure, I’m ready to take action. I’m ready to do something fun! I’m ready to have an adventure.”
But as an adult, I have come to realize that sometimes we desperately want specific things to occur in our lives, but we aren’t in a place YET where we’re ready to take the actions that would allow them a greater chance of occurring.
We can be like a basketball player who keeps asking the coach to put him in the game. However, the coach keeps looking down at the player’s feet. Then EVERY SINGLE TIME, the coach shakes his head no. The player gets more and more frustrated as he watches the coach rotate every player in and out of the game, sometimes two or even three times, EVERY PLAYER EXCEPT HIM.
Can you imagine the poor player’s frustration?
He keeps saying, “Come on! Put me in the game coach! I’m ready to score lots of points! I’m ready to make you proud!”
The player’s face becomes more and more red.
FINALLY, the coach takes pity on the player. The coach simply points down at the player’s feet and says, “I’ll gladly put you in the game, if you put on your shoes.”
Sometimes if we look honestly at what we are presently doing in regards to preparing for our “basketball game,” we will find that we’re happy with little or no action, that at the moment taking action would bring us less joy than taking no action.
And this is OK.
When we take our actions from a place of being ready, we are more likely to enjoy them and be successful.
Of course, there’s a balance. If we want to be in our “basketball game,” we do eventually have to put our shoes on.
But knowing that it can be OK to wait to take action can give us more freedom to decide when to make our entrance onto the court.
Game of the Day
How do you decide when you are happy with little or no action in regards to a particular situation?
How do you decide when you are ready to take action?
How do you find comfort and joy with whatever decision you happen at this moment to make?
Jason Freeman is a professional writer, and a one-of-a-kind public speaker. He is the founder and CEO of Heroic Yes! Productions. Jason has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Nebraska. He knows the pain of perceiving one’s life through a lens of limitation and also the thrill of moving beyond that mindset. For more information on Jason’s powerful message, or to book him to present to your organization, go to www.HeroicYesProductions.com.