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."

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