A Life Lesson From Papaw

This is one of my favorite photos. It shows a competitor of Michael Phelps looking at Michael. Michael is focused on the finish line and Michael wins. Where are we losing focus? I hate to admit it, but I saw this photo on social media and it is the easiest place to lose focus.

This photo reminds me of the slogan, “a flower does not compete with the flower next to it; it just blooms.” Barring insects or disease, a flower will take advantage of every bit of moisture and every nutrient to bloom to its full potential. Sadly, few humans take full advantage of their potential or opportunities. Even with no insects or disease.

Think of the progress our ancestors made with the limited technology and opportunities they had. What would they think of what we are doing with what we have available?

What are some things we can Stop, Start, Improve, or Repeat to regain Focus?

Years ago, my Papaw taught me to plow behind a mule. He probably gave me the best life advice possible. However at 12 years old, it went right over my head. I want to share the words of my Papaw with you AND remind myself;

“Keep your eyes on where you are headed and keep your hands on the plow.”

I think Michael Phelps is doing just that in the photo above and it worked out very well for him.

Greg Gilbert

Greg Gilbert Coaching – Margin Financial Group


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