Typically, life lessons come from situations where we least expect them. But if we actively and deliberately seek them, we’d find that they are constant – the lessons never stop. Every situation that we experience comes with knowledge to be applied to future a situation, enhancing our ability to achieve and better equipping us for life in general.
This post will provide you with the simplicity behind taking powerful lessons from simple situations. Equally important, I will share a lesson that I recently learned. This particular Life lesson is powerful, for its centered on forward progress. Just imagine for a moment…the result of forward progress is so powerful that it’s illegal in American Football. But it’s not illegal in life! So let’s [positively] exploit it.
Forward: directed toward a point in advance; move ahead
Progress: growth; move towards a goal or higher stage
A Powerful Lesson Learned from a Simple Family Outing
My family brought in the New Year in style, Cheesecake Factory followed by Chuck E Cheese. Seriously! It was a blast. As you can imagine, Chuck E Cheese wasn’t very active on New Year’s Eve, so we almost had the place to ourselves. Being the kid that I am, I jolted over to the mini-basketball game and shot a few jumpers. I did so well that I looked left, looked right, and even looked behind me to see if anyone witnessed my accomplishment…no witnesses. Oh well! I played another game – did even better…played another game after that, and still made progress. I played five games in a row, each game increasing the amount of baskets made.
One prevalent constant in each of my attempts was that I increased my performance each game and the results mirrored my effort.
I figured it was only appropriate to take a break and allow the developing line behind me get a turn. So I stopped monopolizing the b-ball game and went off to play a few games with the kids and chat with my wife. 20-30 minutes later, I glanced around the facility and noticed that my game was open again. I headed over with eagerness to beat my previous score. The first game back (game six) I approached the machine with a composed focused, but was quickly shocked after scoring my lowest game of the evening. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I hadn’t incorporated the highly technical wrist action that I had developed in the second or third game.
The next game (game seven) I tied my previous set high score. And in my final game, I shattered my previous set high score by 10 points.
This time, the constant was more than increased effort. During phase two of my kiddy b-ball shootout, I re-adjusted my approach until I found the sweet spot again…and the sweet spot got sweater.
Action + Fine Tuning = (+)Results
This taught me that with proper aim coupled with making necessary adjustments and having absolute focus, I could continuously create a “best game”, every game. Even game six (first game after my break) I realized that my digression wasn’t at a loss…that game enabled me to refine my approach, which allowed me to progress. The “bad” game was the seed that harvested my “best” game.
At some point after my last game, the entire experience flashed upon me leading me to think: “what if I had the same approach every single day in life, in all areas?” Sure it’ll take energy – but it will reproduce in abundance. Sure I’ll hit bumps in the road – but those are opportunities to fine tune my skills.
I learned very little from the successful games. Sure, I felt the satisfaction from breaking my own record; reaching new heights. But it wasn’t until I had the “bad” game that I realized I had learned a powerful lesson. The lesson being:
- I had the ability to purposely increase my effort on each take
- I had the ability to identify my own target
- I had the ability to reach my target even after I digressed.
- My “bad” game wasn’t a failure; it was a launching pad to my best game.
In summary, I deliberately stepped forward towards progression each game. I didn’t become complacent with my initial high score satisfaction – I wanted a new high score each game. And, when I didn’t reach that mark, I didn’t quit, I refocused, came back and continued my progression.
This is what ultra successful people do. They approach life each day with at least one step in a progressive (forward) direction. The stairway never ends. It only continues. The higher up, the more fulfilling life becomes. And it only takes one step in a progressive motion every day.
Forward Progression. You should step in the direction of progress each day. Do something beyond what you did the previous day. Cruising along in a static/consistent fashion will generate static/consistent results. I want my results to excel in an upward-right direction…and I bet you do to.
Simple Life Lessons. I hope this post not only provided you with the power behind making the deliberate decision to take ownership of your actions, in a forward/progressing manner, but also that each day of your life is rich with experiences such as I shared, if you are actively seeking. These life lessons provide me with instant motivation and inspiration – jolting my energy level leading me to step forward in the line of progress.
What I didn’t share about that basketball game was that I could basically place the ball in the basket with the length of my arm. This wasn’t the standard size mini-basketball game…it was the mini-mini-basketball game…for toddlers. But the learnings still holds true. It doesn’t matter the arena – progression can exists anywhere if you’re willing to step towards it.
LET’S DISCUSS. What do you think? Do you take simple lessons from everyday life? Do you have any lessons to share? What are your thoughts on Forward Progress?