In 1989, I was bowling for a chance to qualify for the PBA US Open. The final game of qualifying, I rolled a perfect 300 game to make the top 5 finalists only to get eliminated during match play finals. My dreams of competing in the US Open look to be shattered before a last-minute spot opened up for me to compete with the best of the best in bowling. I had been traveling across the USA bowling in some of the biggest tournaments… Now here I was bowling on the lanes for the tournament that I had dreamed about bowling since I was a young boy. As I looked at the standings after 24 games of qualifying, I remember feeling disappointed that I had finished in the back of the pack. As I left the tournament, I thought about how my Professional Bowling Career was NEVER going to happen…. which it the best thing that never happened for me.
In business and in our personal life, we often plan for something big to happen only to be disappointed that it didn’t happen and feel like we aren’t going to be successful. In many cases, this is the best thing that never happens. We just don’t realize it until later in life. Maybe it’s trying to pass a certification, only to be disappointed that we didn’t pass, or trying to pursue a new career, or put in for that promotion and find out someone else was chosen. It’s okay, in some cases, you just need to try again. For example, in 2012, I took the SPHR exam and missed by 10 questions. I was disappointed, but then decided to set a goal of taking the PHR exam the following year and passed.
In other cases, it’s time to set some new goals and refocus on what’s most important to you.
Since competing in the US Open, I refocused on my family and pursued a different career in the relocation business and have enjoyed incredible success and more importantly developed deeper relationships with my family, my wife, my children, business partners, and my customers. In fact, many of my customers are now some of my best friends. I couldn’t imagine a better life than what I have experienced over the last 30 years. I still follow professional bowing very closely and get excited to see the best of the best compete – especially when some of the best players in the world are good friends.
So, when you get down because you haven’t been able to accomplish something important to you, keep in pursuit of what’s most important to you, be grateful for your health, family, and friends, find your lane of passion, drive your life with purpose, invest in your people zone, keep getting better, and make the most of your journey! Life is an amazing adventure when you live with purpose. Just keep planting good seeds and the good seeds will grow into something great for you in your life!
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Quote of the Week… “Ask yourself 3 times a day what’s most important to you, then have the courage to build your life around that answer.” (Tom Watson, Chairman of the Board for Armstrong Relocation and Companies)
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