Sports never fails to inspire me. Usain Bolt’s form had been poor all season due to injury. He fumbled at the 100m heats of the 2015 World championship. Nonetheless, Bolt beat Justin Gatlin by a miracle to clinch gold at the 100m finals.
“Lots of people have never seen Bolt beaten. He has been…but never when it really matters, never on the world stage.”
A responsible attitude to life makes us to strive hard to win when it matters most. We have to choose our battles carefully. You might be floored once in a while. But a tenacious attitude is the hallmark of great people. They are driven by the fact that even though they lost a battle, by not giving up, the war could still be won.
Success is not just by talent alone. Diligent preparation is never an option. In addition, a die-hard mentality, a dogged fighting spirit is what gives one consistent and not just one-off success.
Has your back hit the ground in a certain area of life? No, don’t pack your bags yet. With persistence and determination, you can still win the next rounds of fight. At the end of the day, you’d be named a winner.
A friend recently got promoted at work. However, I recall him mentioning that not too long ago, he had had such a dismal performance in the same organization that made his chances of promotion at the time very slim.
God always knows what He’s up to, but we are always clueless as to what he’s doing in our lives. When Jesus delayed and permitted the death of Lazarus, it resulted in disappointment and sorrow to his family. But in the end, their faith was built up and their joy was boundless after the dead and decaying corpse of Lazarus was raised back to life (John 11:44).
Similarly in our lives, God is the Potter, molding us into what He wants us to be. We like to sing the song that says,
“Spirit of the Living God, Fall afresh on me, Melt me, Mold me, Fill me, Use me.”
However, when the breaking and melting starts, we cry and sometimes lose hope because we think our heavenly Father has forsaken us and is making life unbearable for us. Nonetheless, it is only the vessel that God himself has broken and remolded according to his desire that He can fill up with his power and use to show forth His praise to the world and this generation. The breaking, melting and remolding process reconstructs our character to conform to the nature of Christ.
Your disappointment might be a miscarriage, relationship failure, marital delay, promotion delay, business/career stagnation or the death of a loved one. When we face disappointments that make us think that God’s name is being shamed in our lives, we should pray, “Lord, glorify yourself in my life in the way that you choose. Let this situation work out for my good and promotion in the end!”
Disappointments do not bring happiness in themselves. But I must confess that although the process might be hard, we will find out that God is faithful and will make things work out for our good!
Recently, I had to venture into uncharted waters and went to seek guidance (that will continue periodically) from someone I know, who is more experienced than I in that area.
‘Who is your coach?’ These were the words of Dylan in Akeelah and the Bee. Indeed the greatest athletes around us today credit their success to not only the remarkable talent that they were blessed with, but also the coaches who discipline and help them reach their potential.
Ours is the independentgeneration. Gen Y and Gen Z possess skills and smartness that stupefy our parents. We have excelled at what the older generation thought impossible and appear to know it all. We seem to learn whatever we want by googling it or enrolling for some online course on Coursera or EdX.
However, I learned a lesson during the London 2012 Olympics that has remained with me ever since. Usain Bolt, who is the most successful sprinter in human history, when asked his plans for the future after his Olympics success said, ‘My coach and I will discuss what we need to.’ He had learned to defer to the leadership of a coach in his life and career. Bolt had credited his achievement in setting three world records at the previous Olympics in Beijing to the same coach, Glen Mills.
Therefore, no matter how talented you are, involving a coach in your life will help you reach the highest attainments faster than you ever imagined.
Applications of coaching
spiritual growth and ministerial calling
health and fitness etc.
How to choose a coach – without paying a dime
Your coach need not be a world-class player or achiever. (Bolt’s coach never won a world-class medal when he was an athlete.) Let it simply be someone who has won your respect and to whom you can easily submit yourself to their guidance. There is no point in choosing a coach you won’t listen to!
Choose someone you have access to. Don’t tell me that Zuckerberg or Dangote is your coach in business!
Choose a coach who will give you time and teach you the tricks you need to fly. If you realize that the person you chose is too busy. Go for someone else.
Avoid someone who will not tell you the hard truth. What’s the use in hearing what is pleasing if it will not be helpful in the end?
In conclusion, Google is not sufficient to make you reach your potential. Reading good books too is not adequate either. So, I ask you, ‘Who is your coach?’
In what other areas can we apply coaching/mentorship? Do you have other insights about coaching? Please feel free to share.