Turning things around

April 28, 2008 — Leave a comment

My son started playing soccer just a few weeks ago, and it’s amazing to see how much progress he’s made in such a short period of time.

When the season started, he was brand new to the sport. In fact, all the kids on his team were new to it. The practices were challenging, and the games were pretty fun to watch, as the kids practically chased the ball from one end of the field to the other. They simply applied the principles of chase, a game they were already comfortable with, to the game of soccer. While it provided a great deal of entertainment for the parents — and frustration for the coaches — this strategy did not prove effective for winning games.

Now three weeks into the season, the kids are finally beginning to learn the rules of the new game. For the most part, they now understand that in order to score points for their team, they must somehow manage to get ahead of the ball and turn it around toward their goal.

Still, I took a good deal of time out of my day yesterday to work with my son one-on-one and help him put the principles of the game into practice. We worked hard, and he demonstrated a good deal of understanding and improvement.

It’s really kind of funny. Adults are a lot like these kids when it comes to handling their problems. We are pretty good at identifying the problem. We will even take the time to chase it around. But it’s not until we understand what’s required to manage the problem to our benefit that we experience success in life.

Like my son, you may need some one-on-one help in order to turn things around. I encourage you to make the time to find a trustworthy and knowledgeable friend, neighbor, minister, or counselor who can help you begin experiencing success and greater effectiveness in life. After all, there’s not a one of us who can’t benefit from some sort of coach from time to time.

What kind of problem are you just chasing around? How can you get ahead of the problem so you can get a good handle on it?

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