Early on in my life, all of the obstacles and failures that I experienced, I would deflect the blame onto everyone or everything except myself. Bad grades, bad games, poor conduct, all of it I convinced myself was never a consequence of my personal actions. The mind is powerful and thus by consistently practicing the art of avoiding any real looks in the mirror, I became great at believing failures and shortcomings were never my fault. This was until I reached a low point in my professional career, and basically had a full year off due to injury. I watched my colleagues/teammates blow past me and advance in rank and see success, while I was just left with my own daily doubt whether I would ever play again.
At first, the feeling of despair and self loathing caused me to let my own made up negativity creep into my daily work. My days weren’t as productive or professional as they needed to be. Simply put, I decided to radically change my mental approach 180 degrees. Instead of sulking in obstacles, I welcomed them and learned to thrive on them. Everything was and is “good” as long as you still have a breath. It’s the only way I look at the world anymore even when everything may seem dark. I challenge you to make that decision also. Take each moment and forge a way to see the good.