By Scott Garvis, CMAA
Bound AD in Residence
In the grand scheme of life, each and every one of us is born with a purpose. We arrive on this earth with unique gifts, talents, and potential waiting to be unleashed onto the earth. But why were you born? What is the significance of your existence? These questions often loom in the corners of our minds, pushing us to seek meaning and purpose in our lives.
Life is a journey, a series of interconnected moments that shape our experiences and define who we are. It's easy to get caught up in the notion that major accomplishments and milestones define our success. However, it is often the minor moments that hold the most transformative power. It is in the small consistent actions, the seemingly insignificant decisions, that we have the opportunity to fail forward and find success.
Failure is not something to be feared or avoided, but rather a stepping stone on the path to growth. When we embrace failure, we open ourselves up to new possibilities and learn valuable lessons along the way. Each stumble, setback, or disappointment is an invitation to grow stronger. It is through these moments that we uncover our true potential.
"Failure is not the end, but a beginning. It is the bridge between where we are and where we want to be. Embracing failure paves the way for growth, as it reveals the hidden opportunities and invaluable lessons within each fall, setback, and disappointment. With every fall, we rise stronger, unlocking the depths of our true potential."
Sometimes, believing in ourselves can be a daunting task. Doubt creeps in, whispering words of insecurity and uncertainty. In those moments, it is crucial to borrow belief from those who see our potential even when we cannot. Surrounding ourselves with positive people who uplift and empower us can make all the difference. Their unwavering faith in our abilities can bridge the gap between self-doubt and self-belief.
Life often throws unexpected challenges our way. It demands our ability to pause and pivot, to adapt and grow. Sometimes we question whether we have enough within us to face these obstacles head-on. But remember, a delay does not equate to denial. It is merely a temporary setback, a chance to gather strength and resilience before moving forward. Doubt yourself if you must, but never let it extinguish the fire of your dreams.
Champions, those who have reached the pinnacle of success, understand that doubting oneself is part of the journey. They know that greatness lies beyond the comfort zone and that pushing through self-doubt is a testament to their commitment and determination. The willingness to embrace uncertainty and forge ahead despite the fear is what sets them apart.
"Champions are not defined by the absence of self-doubt, but by their unwavering courage to confront it head-on. They recognize that greatness resides in the realm of discomfort and that pushing through self-doubt is a testament to their unwavering commitment and unyielding determination. Embracing uncertainty and fear, they soar to heights others can only dream of, inspiring us all to believe in the power of relentless pursuit."
In our roles as leaders we rarely recognize our own talents, but it is important as leaders we acknowledge and appreciate the gifts bestowed upon others. Each person possesses unique abilities that, when shared, can create a ripple effect of inspiration and impact. By recognizing, developing, and multiplying our talents, we become catalysts for change. We have the power to lift others up, to empower them to embrace their own potential and make a difference in the world.
In this pursuit of greatness, it is important to recognize that our talents are not simply random abilities but gifts from a higher power. Each of us possesses unique strengths and skills that are meant to be shared with the world. It is our responsibility to nurture and develop these talents, honing them into tools for positive change. When we use our gifts to uplift others, we not only multiply our own talents but also create a ripple effect of inspiration and empowerment.
“A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.” —Larry Bird
As I’ve grown older I have become more aware of those around me who truly aspire to greatness. It is rare to find people who aggressively reach to inspire others with the courage to step out of their comfort zone and accomplish what others feel is impossible. We need to recognize not only success but recognize the courage of others to aspire to greatness. As leaders it is imperative that we reach out and let others know that their talents and accomplishments are an inspiration to others.
Leading in Minute by Minute
Living in the moment, and understanding that time is precious and fleeting is a lesson we learn far too late in life. Each minute holds immense value in every moment. In the wise words of Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, "I've only just a minute, Only sixty seconds in it. Forced upon me, can't refuse it, Didn't seek it, didn't choose it, But it's up to me to use it. I must suffer if I lose it, Give an account if I abuse it, Just a tiny little minute, But eternity is in it."
We must grasp that fleeting minute, for within it lies the potential for eternity impact and influence. So, what will you do with that minute? Will you squander it, letting it slip away without purpose? Or will you seize it with both hands, using it to pursue your goals, dreams, and passions? Accomplishing a goal may be gratifying, but it is the pursuit of living a life of influence itself that grants us a life worth living. It is in the act of striving, of making progress, that we find fulfillment and purpose.
Leading with Purpose
Purpose allows us to tap into our core and find our life’s mission. It enables us to create a life that aligns with our values and aspirations. It means infusing our work, relationships, and daily activities with intention and meaning.
As we live out our journey it is important to surround ourselves with positive people who are doing great work. These individuals serve as a source of inspiration, motivation, and support. Their energy and enthusiasm can uplift our spirits during challenging times and remind us of the possibilities that lie ahead. By connecting with like-minded individuals, we create a community that fuels our growth and amplifies our impact.
As we chart our course through life, we must constantly question whether we are doing the best we can do. This introspection allows us to reflect on our actions, decisions, and choices. It prompts us to seek continuous improvement and growth. By regularly assessing our efforts, we ensure that we are utilizing our talents and potential to the fullest.
Pursuing our Purpose
Ultimately, the pursuit of our goals and dreams is not just about personal accomplishment but about making a meaningful contribution to the world. It is about using our talents to create positive change, uplift others, and leave a lasting impact. When we share our gifts with the world, we multiply our talents, creating a chain reaction of inspiration and empowerment.
It is pivotal as we pursue our dreams and goals, we must also surround ourselves with people of impact and influence who are doing great work. These individuals serve as a source of inspiration, motivation, and support. Their energy and enthusiasm can uplift our spirits during challenging times and remind us of the possibilities that lie ahead. By connecting with like-minded individuals, we create a community that fuels our growth and amplifies our impact.
Life is a journey filled with moments both big and small. It is in the minor moments that we often find the most profound lessons and transformations. Embracing failure, believing in ourselves, and surrounding ourselves with positive influences are essential steps in unlocking our full potential. By recognizing and developing our talents, as well as sharing them with others, we multiply our impact and create a life of purpose and fulfillment. So, as you reflect on your own journey, remember that each minute holds immense power. It is up to you to make the most of it, to pause, pivot, and go be more.
The power lies within you.
About Scott Garvis, CMAA, Bound AD in Residence
Scott Garvis has been a leader and innovator in intercollegiate and interscholastic athletics development and fundraising for more than 25 years – as an athletics director, coach, association board member, adviser and editorial contributor.
Scott has a record of excellence as Athletics Director, Director of Activities and Assistant Principal, having led the athletics departments at six high schools or school districts in three states. He has achieved unparalleled success at all levels of high school athletics: large public school districts, a small public high school, a private school, and with state and national athletics administrator associations.