Last weekend I had the opportunity to watch my oldest son, Kobi, play soccer. He plays for fun. Football is more his sport. The best thing that has happened to him this year is that he was invited to play on a 7×7 football team, All American Pride. He told me that he’s never played on a team before where the kids hold each other accountable. Each individual action matters to the team. I’ve seen a drastic change in his life in his motivation to strive for excellence since he has been part of this 7×7 football team. We all need friends who motivate us. We are our biggest critic. Positive friends can help us feel like we can achieve the impossible.
Here is a clip of All American Pride winning the Adidas Invitational Tournament on March 4, 2017. Yes, that is Snoop Dogg!
The Impact You Can Have on Another Person
As I had indicated, since Kobi has played for All American Pride, his confidence has increased leaps and bounds. He showed me a 5-star football recruit on Twitter and said, “Mom, I defended him, and it wasn’t that hard! I can do this.”
“I can do this.” What great words. Yes, he can, and so can you!
Kobi wanted to play on a recreational soccer team for fun. I watched him at the beginning of the season. He was present. I watched him last Saturday, and I was amazed at how much he motivated his teammates. Watch the first video. He kept telling the defenders:
- “I needed you today, and you showed up.”
- “I love the defense.” (clap, clap, clap- He clapped for them.)
- “Thank you. Thank you.”
I could see the defenders standing a couple inches taller. Their chests popped out a few centimeters wider. Their heads held higher. Their runs stronger and faster. All of this because of some words of encouragement.
What Kobi learned from his 7×7 team related to motivating your teammates and believing in yourself, carried over to a recreational soccer team. It was pretty amazing to watch the change in the confidence in Kobi’s team because of a few words.
Guess what? You can have a positive impact on someone else. Instead of dwelling on all that is wrong in your life, open your eyes to those around you who may have less. Become their biggest cheerleader. You may be amazed at the impact you have in their life and how it makes you feel knowing that you helped other people. You feel needed and important when you impact another life. This, in turn, will have a positive affect on your life.
I run a few days a week in the morning with a friend. We go at 5:30 am. That’s early. I’m tired and feel lazy, but I do it. There is a running group we often bump into. If the group is resting at a light, they clap and cheer us on as we pass them. When I hear the encouragement, all of the sudden, I’m not as tired. I feel good. I jog right past them like a happy hopping bunny. Words of encouragement matter.
Find Friends who Motivate You
Have you been around someone who complains ALL of the time? Something is always wrong. It is always raining in his/her world. Do you love talking to them ALL of the time? Um, no. Why is that? People can affect your mood too. It’s hard enough to stay positive, but to have the added impact of negative energy makes it ten times harder. As I had mentioned earlier, we are our worst critic. We don’t need any more negative energy. We have enough of that with our own doubt and fears.
Therefore, it’s important to find friends who want to see you succeed. They motivate you and cheer you on with all of your endeavors. These are hard friends to find, but when you find one, hang on to them. Friends like this make you feel like you can run a race, finish a book, finish college, get that job, start a business, win a game, etc. If you feel positive, you will be more productive. Remember?
Whatever your goals may be, I wish you the best from the bottom of my heart. Don’t look at the success of others and compare it to your success. Look at where you are now and move up from there. That is what matters. Surround yourself with people who will motivate you to do more and be more. Additionally, remember to be that kind of friend too. I promise it will impact your life in a positive way.
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