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Archive for September, 2013

The Blind Side

IMG_0182      Sometimes there can be some devestating blows that can originate from that mysterious place, that unknown territory that many refer to as our blind side.  We don’t know what we dont know. For those of us who would like to think that we have it all figured out and we’ve got all the bases covered, let’s set baseball aside and talk about another game….Football. In the 2013 NFL Draft, three out of the first four top picks were left tackles. A premier left tackle is a highly sought after asset on every roster. So much so, that they are generally the highest paid player after the quarterback. The left tackle’s job is to protect that quarterback because as that quarter back is staring down the field he is in a vulnerable position and needs somebody protecting his blind side. Games can’t be won with incompleted passes, lost yardage, or a sacked quarterback. The game of life is not much different.

Everyone has a blind side. Discovering what lurks there or what may be lacking there can mean the difference between victory and defeat in our relationships, that next job promotion, or any important endeavor we chose to take on.

Frequently, we are tackled by our own negative self-talk, baggage, and doubt and we are blind to the fact that our past is not our potential. Our potential exceeds our expectations. What we need is a means to draw out into the light the information needed to fill in the gaps. That 180 degree turn around can be found in little splashes of black ink on white pieces of paper that form words and are put into books. The Little bits of information that spark that life transformation can be found by reading. Make it a habit.

Another way to discover the unknown is by listening to audios because testimony is powerful and by hearing stories of others “aha” moments we may also find ours. When I listen, I like to think as if the speaker is my best friend trying to reveal a secret to me. The very best way to learn is to have these bits of information coming to us on an ongoing basis. Leadership subscriptions enable us to have these bits of life changing information spread out over time so we get an on going stream of books , CDs and seminars. Information taken in small pieces over time provide the best, most permanent results. The LIFE Leadership organization provides this life changing information and association.

Lastly, if we have the speed of trust with another person who is close to us they may hold the key to revealing things hidden there in those blind spots. A good mentor, like a good left tackle, is hard to find and valuable so when one is found cherish the time in that calendar. I want to make a shout out to Orrin and Laurie Woodward to say how much their time is appreciated and valued for revealing some of those blind spots in our lives and the vision they impart to us and the whole Life Leadership Organization. I want to share a different story about mentoring with you. My sister in law was one of the top real estate agents in the area a few years back. Her mentor charged $1000.00 a call and when the time came for the call, it was sometimes a short one. The mentor asked “Did you do what we agreed on last month?” If the answer was no then the call was over and the mentor replied.”The advice is still the same.” The next mentoring call was scheduled. My sister in law was hungry to be successful in her field so she was willing to do those things that stretched her and she trusted her mentor. This hunger and trust is what it will take for you and your mentor to not only tackle your blind spots, but also face the future and the unknown. I ran across a quote that said, ““Every age has its massive moral blind spots. We might not see them, but our children will.” – Bono, U2

Sometimes you may be the quarterback or somebody’s left tackle. Whatever you do…..Play like a champion today.

Make sure you and your teammates get to the big playoff competition next month in Fresno, CA, Milwaukee, WI, or Ottawa, ON(Canada). Power Player Top Gun competition winners will be recognized. Who will get that cup?

God Bless,

Debbie Spolar