My one word for 2021 is “decide.”
I was reading a passage from Inc. Magazine from Renita Kalhorn. She is an executive coach, a trained concert pianist, and a black belt in martial arts. She was talking about Navy SEALs. A topic that greatly intrigues me. As a coach, as a player, as a business owner, as a father, I always try to teach and pursue mental toughness, and to me, there are no people more physically and mentally tough than Navy SEALs.
In the passage, Ms. Kalhorn talks to Navy SEAL instructors and asks how candidates last until the end of their training, and the answer was simple. They make it through because they know they are going to make it through.
In other words, they don’t wonder. They don’t hope. They DECIDE.
During this last year, just like others, I have had some very high moments, and some very low moments. Some of the highest of highs - speaking at The American Baseball Coaches Association clinic in Nashville, TN., and being asked to be an assistant baseball coach at Northwestern University. Two very big steps in my life and career. Later, due to the pandemic, the college baseball season ended abruptly. We were heading into conference play on a high note, and BOOM, I lost the position at Northwestern. Then later, as days of COVID-19 turned into weeks, and weeks into months, I lost my business of over 13 years. Pretty low.
I wondered what would happen to me and my future. I hoped I would be able to take care of my family. I was mentally beat up. However, the calendar changed. I have looked myself in the mirror and DECIDED that it is time to stop wondering and hoping. It is time to attack the next chapter of my life, and to be great at it. I have DECIDED to make it great.