I just came off a great weekend, a weekend that if I hadn’t played offense with my life three months ago would not have been possible. This weekend I got the opportunity to work directly with the US Mens Soccer Team while they were in Cleveland for a game. Four days of being in the locker room, attending closed practices, being behind the scenes for preparation, and on the field during the game. A weekend that many soccer fans would kill for. I am not one to get star struck, so for me the coolest part was just being in and around the team and getting to see what it takes to put on an event like this. This is an experience that no one and no circumstance can take away from me. When I look back and ask why did God bless me with this opportunity? My only explanation is because I am willing to play offense with my life. Thats what I want to be known for, someone who played offense, and goes all in.
When I look around me I see a lot of people with sore behinds. I see a lot of people sitting and playing defense. I am certainly not perfect, I definitely don’t always make the right decisions, however I want to be known for my willingness to run. My willingness to take action. My willingness to play offense with my life. I will become a better person over time. I will get better at relationships over time as I work on myself everyday. But I will not wait to play offense before I have it all together. Nope. When my name is spoken I want people to say “Man that guy, he’s a nutcase, he’s crazy, he plays offense, takes advantage of opportunities, he lives on faith.” You can take all my money, you can take all my belongings, my car, my apartment, but one thing you can’t take away from me is my experiences, and all of those experiences come from playing offense. Most of the great experiences I have had, have come from playing offense with my life.
(My view for most of the game)
I am inspired by people who play offense. I am inspired by people who when they tell me what they are going to do next, my response is “You are going to do WHAT?!?” That inspires me. I think living a life of faith will always incite a reaction like that in the people close to us. I want to be known as someone that incites that reaction in people on a regular basis. Why? Because I don’t want to live my life defensively. I don’t want to spend the one life I get worrying about how I am going to pay my bills, worrying about what people think, worrying about the menial things that the world convinces us we need to worry about. I want to spend the one life I get making sure I acquire incredible experiences that no circumstance, person, or government can take away from me.
I believe that in our society we are taught to play defense. We are taught to have plan B, C, and D just in case what we really want doesn’t happen. I believe our society teaches us to play it safe and to have a back up plan. I am all about being safe when it comes things like wearing a seatbelt, or keeping a firearm locked up so a child cannot get it it but I am not all about playing it safe when it comes to gaining experiences. God has proven to me time and time again that in the end everything really will work out for the best so worrying in the middle is pointless. Ive made great decisions in my life and I have made poor decisions in my life but in the end its all worked out. Ive taken chances that haven’t worked out and I have taken chances that have worked out. As John Maxwell says, “You either win or you learn.” Playing offense is another term for living on faith. Living on faith is where those experiences happen that no one can take away from us.
(Me and my client Louis)
April 19th was my last day of employment in corporate America. Was it a risk? Certainly. Was dropping a soon to be six figure job in my twenties a risk? Yes, without a doubt. Many will call it stupid, dumb, irresponsible, senseless. I call it playing offense. I call it faith. If I still had that job, I would not have had the ability to have the experience I did this past weekend. Not only that, but with the position I was given two free tickets to the game and I was able to give those to one of my clients, an 11 year old boy and his father. This young kid is obsessed with soccer (when I say obsessed I mean it), and it was his first ever soccer game. To see his face at the game, to hear that he got to shake one of the players hands, that made it all worth it. That was an experience I was able to create for this kid because on April 19th, 2017 I decided to play offense with my life. My perspective is changing everyday because of this principal. Are you playing offense?
-The Professional Encourager and Uplifter