Be the sweeper in the curling game of life


Day 15 – 75Hard Phase 1

For your reading pleasure, the second sports metaphor in two days (assuming you’re following along and read the Super Bowl item from yesterday).

I love to watch like 2 minutes of Curling in the Winter Olympics a time or three during the Games.

It honestly feels like something that Americans should be amazing at. A hobby turned into a sport. It’s surprising to me that the same dudes that are good at cornhole aren’t great at curling. That said, there’s an awful lot of sweeping going on. If you could use a battery powered leaf blower while holding a can of beer, then maybe.

But the sweeping is what I want to talk about here.

The sweeping mesmorizes me – as a dad and a leader of sorts.

The sweepers help create a path for the…. stone? (let me go check what that big round thing is called…. yes, they’re called stones or rocks).

As a dad with growing kids, my job isn’t to send the stone across the ice. My job is to use my broom to help cut a path to provide gentle guidance.

I must take a spot as an influencer and not as the prime mover in my children’s lives. As they grow, they take over responsibility for the main trajectory of their lives. They make decisions throughout the day. They choose who to hang out with or who not to.

I have to just help carve a path with my broom. My broom of prayer. My broom of leadership by example. My broom of availability. My broom of focused, present time. My broom of going after my own dreams and goals and pursuing my own positive influences.

The same applies at work. As a leader (which we all are in some sort of way), we can’t do everybody’s main job. But we can make it easier for our colleagues up the chain, down the chain, and horizontally aligned to be effective.

We can use our brooms of support. The broom of helpful tools. The broom of clear communication. The broom of clear expectations. The broom of our own consistent execution of our own tasks and projects.

Think about how you’re using your broom. Or are you tossing it down and trying to take over whatever that thing is that you use to push the stone when it’s not your right or role?


Today is Day 15 of 75Hard, Phase 1 – in my attempt to conquer the full Live Hard program, cold showers and all.

The first book I’m reading during this 30 day reset: The Art of Impossible – A Peak Performance Primer, by Steven Kotler

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