Sunday, September 18, 2016

An Athlete's Truth - Courtney Dailey

     I am so excited to share today's post with everyone! We have a very special treat to hear from a good friend of mine. He is an incredible athlete who has played football for many years and on many different levels (See bio at the end of the post). He is an inspiring man of God with incredible character. I am incredibly grateful for his friendship and for him taking the time to write about his truth for Without further ado, I would like to invite you to read what my good friend, Courtney Dailey, has written about being Coached in Truth.

An Athlete's Truth by Courtney Dailey

     "One of the things that I have always loved about high level competitive athletics is that it makes a lot of concepts simple. Concepts that in other situations or settings might not be so clear cut. Concepts like "earning it" or "sacrifice". You know, those nice catch phrases that higher ups often love to use in corporate environments  yet never quite seem to emulate themselves. You see, when you are in the office or the boardroom for example it's not always quite clear to tell who is truly earning it or who is really sacrificing. That awesome presentation you sat through could be the result of countless days spent working well into the night or simply something well presented that was thrown together by some virtuoso at the last minute. But for the most part the proof is generally in the pudding as far as athletics is concerned. You want to know who's not putting in the time in the weight room..... just look for the guy getting pushed around come opening day. You want to know who didn't bother to run during summer break.....easy, he'll be the one huffing and puffing on lap number two of the six lap conditioning test. You can't simply hide behind your God-given talent or natural ability at that level. You do the work and you just might reach your goals, or you take shortcuts and undoubtedly fail. Not that doing the work affords you even the slightest guarantee of success. There are absolutely no assurances that you will be victorious and no promises that your blood, sweat and tears will pay off in the way that you hope. The only thing you get is the benefit of knowing that your hard work puts you in a better position to succeed than you would have been otherwise. That is honesty at its best and that's what I love about sports. Sports have taught me that In life, other than GOD, there are no guarantees or assurances. All that I can do is put my best foot forward and make use of the resources that I have within my control to help me get what I want out of any situation.
     2 Peter 1:10 reads
"10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble".
This verse in my opinion very much conveys this idea. Peter urges the Christians to give it their all. He does not know what the future holds for them, however he is certain that anything less will ensure imminent and absolute failure. This for me sums up my outlook in athletics, life as well as my Christian walk. It is a very simple yet effective and honest way for me to approach life in the wake of whatever may come. This is my truth."

Courtney Dailey's Bio
College Career :
Marshall University 1999-2001              
Norfolk State University: 2002-2005                  

Semi-Pro Career (US):
Central Virginia Storm  2006
Carolina Bulldogs: 2009-2011

Overseas Career:
Aix En Provence Argonautes (France) 2007
Zurich Renegades (Switzerland) 2010,2015
Ravensburg Razorbacks (2011-2013)

"Currently I'm not playing. Decided to take a break from ball. Not formally retired though 😉  but focusing on the future after ball. Currently building my travel consulting business and getting my masters from the University of Maryland in Technology Entrepreneurship."

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Setting Up Small Wins that Lead to a Big Win

    I read an article recently that talk about all of the habits Jesus developed across his lifetime. It really got me thinking about the types of habits I have developed over the course of my life. Great athletes and successful people would all agree that establishing good and effective habits its critical to any person's success in life. People who follow routines and form habits that they stick to are often the people that end up be successful in what they do. I have really come to believe that we as people are creatures of habit. We become the things that we do frequently and we think the way that we make ourselves think.
  You can read all about the different habits Jesus had in the article I posted recently (I'll post the link at the bottom of this post). Becoming Coached In Truth is a process, it doesn't just happen overnight. It's a commitment to forming habits that Jesus had so that we can transform the way we think on a consistent basis. (Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
    One habit that I do my very best to stick to is to make sure that I spend quality time with God every single day. This is really difficult sometimes because my schedule can get very busy with everything I am responsible for and everything else I enjoy doing. At the same time, also understand that I have made a commitment to make God my first priority in all that I do so reading my bible, praying, and connecting with God is essential everyday. I have committed to my relationship with my wife, and if I decided not to talk to her for a while that may not end up to well on my part hahaha.
  Another habit that is difficult for me to stick to I making sure I am staying physically active and exercising frequently. It's so different from when I was actively involved in playing a sport and I was consistently training for the purpose of performing well in that sport. Well now I just want that habit of being physically active because of the health and wellness benefits. Either way, it is a habit that I strive to abide by because I KNOW the benefits it holds and I KNOW it is something that will contribute to my future success. I also know that a healthier me is going to enable to give to others and serve others in an effective way which is something I hope to do for many years.
Now there are a few habits that I need to get rid of. One being that I love sleeping in a few extra hours. Don't get me wrong, sometimes it's necessary for the body to get some extra rest but that's exactly's necessary, not consistently necessary. When I choose to sleep in even a half hour more, I already am making it difficult for me to stick the the habits and routines I have decided are good for me like reading my bible and praying everyday before I get my day going. This is a habit that prevents me from sticking to another habit that I have decided would lead to a better future for me.
    If Jesus had habits that he formed, then in everything I do I want to strive to have the same habits. You see, in all that we do, we are a result of the habits we form. Think about what habits you have formed over the years. Are they habits that are helping you reach your goals or are they preventing you from reaching them? How are the habits you formed contributing to the way you think and the way you approach everyday life? If you want to get better at something, what routine have you committed to in order to actually improve? Maybe there are habits that you have formed that you need to break or get rid of? I encourage you to think critically about what you do everyday and how you choose to spend your time. I'm not talking about micromanaging your day, I just want you to think about what habits you may have formed that may not be conducive to your success.

Please comment below your thoughts! Are there habits you are striving to create?

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