Maintaining a Positive Attitude

In the world of recreation and sports, yes they’re two different things, I’ve been blessed with opportunities to find and develop my passion.  At times that passion came across differently, or was hard to recognize at times.  Hard work in and of itself isn’t always fun, but it’s not meant to be.  For me I’ve always been intrigued by the process.  Starting something from nothing and building it.  Each place I’ve been or job I’ve worked I’ve always had that focus.  I guess in some ways you can call it having a vision, and through that vision taking the steps to build, fail, try again, fail, but continue to build.  You never know what’s around the corner, or what the next day will bring.

I’ve seen this play out many times, and while the outcome may not always be what I would like it to be it doesn’t stop me.  Starting a new sport, program, or event always carries with it the potential for failure.  Just because one year was a successful doesn’t mean the next will be.  You have to always work on it, build it, improve it, and learn from mistakes.  The key is to not learn from your failures and build on them, but keep going.

One of my passions is Floorball.  For whatever reason I’ve been hit with the Floorball bug.  I grew up playing everything, and I still pretty much play everything.  With two young and active boys we play it all.  My intent is to expose them to as much as possible and let them decide what they want to do.  It’s interesting to see what they will pick up each day and learn. A few years ago my life was all about soccer. From my day job to coaching multiple teams that’s what I did. I loved it. Life happened, things changed, and I found Floorball.  I still love soccer, but there’s something to Floorball that’s really put a spark in me.  Everything I’ve learned up to this point I’m trying to use in order to build and grow Floorball into another major sport.  It’s not a simple process and it is likely not one I will see in my lifetime, but I believe in my core there is something here. I can’t deny it, and I can’t run from it.  It continue to find me and continue to push me.

While that sentiment may be what I have, it’s not usually the case for others. Those who see the same things I do with Floorball want to get involved or start blogs, videos, or their own companies it’s not an easy process. Writing a book was one of the more challenging things I’ve done. I never thought I’d write a book before, but was something that happened, and I took the opportunity.  I took a chance on myself and I didn’t give up.  It’s come with a lot of hard work and failure, but also success. Through that failure I’ve been able to step back and rethink the approach to make it better.

All I can say is that if you’re reading this you’re not alone.  You will struggle, fail, succeed, and repeat the process many times over.  The key is to find the positive in the situation, find others around you to support you on your journey, and have fun doing it.  It’s easy to look at someone who succeeds and think it was easy for them.  We forget that we will never know or see the work, failures, and sacrifices made to get to that point. More importantly we need to stop comparing success of others to our success.  You’ll get that event off the ground, league started, tournament running, and as long as you work hard and keep it positive you can’t go wrong.

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