Photo Credit: Photo Courtesy of Kurt Warner
My quest to become the best person I could be was based on having impact in three areas: 1) Character 2) Relationships (primarily marriage/fatherhood) 3) Legacy.
I always wanted to stand apart from others with my character. There are few things able to test and refine your character like trials in life. For me, those trials came in the form of both setbacks and successes. I needed both of these to become the man I wanted to be and the example I wanted to set.
I have always felt there is no better reflection of the type of person you are than your relationships with your immediate family. The way a person treats, respects, and loves their spouse speaks volumes in regards to who they are at the core. There are few things that leave a bigger impression on me than watching how a husband and wife interact. My pursuit of my dream presented a huge challenge in the area of balance with my family. But this journey taught me so much about being a husband. I believe of all the impact I have had on others, my commitment to my marriage may be my greatest, and that makes me very proud.
Closely related to our roles as spouse is what the type of mother/father we are. How do we parent? How do we show our love? How unselfish are we with our lives? This is the biggest challenge, in my opinion, of being a parent. I know one of the biggest impressions I want to leave on my children is that they can be and accomplish anything if they will truly commit to it. I don’t want them to ever feel they don’t possess what it takes or look to find an excuse for why they didn’t reach their goals. The best, and maybe only, way I felt I could truly instill this in my kids was by not giving up on my own dream. And if there were no other reason for me to go on this journey, I am glad I did it for my kids.
Lastly, I knew the person I wanted to be would have a lasting impact with this life. Now, this didn’t have to be based on touching a lot of people, but more importantly leaving an impression on every person with whom I had contact. This impact could be based on character, relationship, or accomplishment, but it would inspire others to be more and do more with their lives.
We all have an opportunity to impact the lives of others, no matter how big or small that circle of influence may be. I believe a big part of that impact lies in becoming all God created us to be. For that to happen we must live in the passions placed inside of us.
Chasing my passion to play football was definitely the face of my story, but the reason I needed to go on the journey lies much deeper. I would not be the person I am today had I chose not to continue my quest. I believe there are many others who haven’t tapped into their fullest potential because they have chosen to walk away from their passion.
My goal as guest blogger for the week has been to get you thinking about where you are in life right now. Do you have everything you want? Are you the person you want to be? Is there something that truly makes you tick not currently having a place in your life? If so, why?
I am not suggesting people make dramatic changes in their lives and run off on a whim to follow their dream. I simply hope to encourage everyone to explore how they may bring their passion back into their lives. I believe we are fully alive, fully who we were created to be when we are pursuing that passion. Too many of us are living without them. Every area of our lives is suffering because of it! Don’t let that be you any longer. Find a way to slowly bring a little of that passion back and see if it makes a difference in who you become and the impact you have on those around you.
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