Go After What You Want

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I had a strange emotional reaction while watching my son play in his first ‘semi’-competitive basketball.

The children on my son’s team (the green team in the video above) looked to their coach every time before taking a shot, making a pass, or rebounding.

They didn’t really need to look to their coach every time. Sometimes, they simply need to go get the dang ball (or shoot it or rebound it).

Obviously, they’re 4-6 year olds and have never played basketball before.

But still, they need to learn to go out and grab the thing they know they are supposed to be going after (a rebound, in this case). They don’t always need permission. Go get it.

It’s the same for us adults.

Sometimes, we wait too long to go after the thing we want. We look over to someone else to get approval before we chase our goal.

Yes, we need to be courteous.

Yes, we need to be kind.

But also, yes, we need to be aggressive when we have a goal. We don’t always need approval or permission. We sometimes simply need to muster the courage to go grab it.

What’s more simple than that?


I’m considering a much shorter version of my 2014 Starting Well Challenge prior to 2015.

If you took part last year (or not), would you be interested in tackling a challenge again this year?

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