It’s a rough world, and sometimes we just need to see an underdog, or an under-raccoon, get a win. Watching a tiny animal take on and beat a skycraper is a definite win for the world, and one that we all need to see from time to time.
There are two aspects to hope that I am going to talk about in this article and both will demonstrate just how important hope is in any endeavour, including survival. Maybe even especially survival. One aspect is self-reliance, and the other is being reliant on others. Both are equally important in hope. First though, we have to get through a little bit of dark research from the 1950s.
Somewhere in your life is a goalkeeper, feeling the pressure to hold things together while everyone else is doing step-overs, and trying to get on the scoresheet. For me it’s my wife. Go find the goalkeeper in your life and show them some love and appreciation.
Today we will look at some thoughts on why being a goalkeeper is an underrated position. In some ways it’s soccer’s equivalent of being “just a waitress”. When I used to hire people, anyone who had waiting experience got an interview. Why? Because if you can deal with the level of stress, multi-tasking, continued demands,…
Think like a goalkeeper. When things go wrong it has been a series of events. Think about how the failure could have been prevented, and don’t take it personal. It’s an event, not your identity.
Our society is set up to make us feel that whatever we are doing, it is never enough. It seems that sometimes we think the only way we can find success is through extreme, ongoing, and daily stress. But when we think of the toil we are taking on our bodies and souls, are we really on a path to success?
Fear can often cause more harm than good. It makes us do weird things. We don’t always think straight.
Hope is not something we can create on our own. We rely on people all the time to help us, guide us, support and encourage us to be more than we can be. We need coaches and supporters. Willpower alone will only go so far.
Given the option, the person who has faith will pick the better thing later rather than settle for something lesser. Is this how come kids who can wait for the second marshmallow are less likely to experience divorce? They waited for the something better instead of settling? Is willpower really obedience, or is it something else?
We often think about willpower as being the strength to resist something – the piece of cake, the third cookie, another handful of Doritos. What if willpower is better viewed as a motivator towards something else, or doesn’t even exist?