Saturday, January 2, 2016

Actions Speak Louder than Words

Have you ever heard seen different messages in different places that all converge on one idea and feel like the message is for you?

That's the premise that has been the driving force behind this blog post.

First, I reflected on my year in 2015 and thought about where I wanted to go in 2016 both personally and professionally. Then I shared my three words for 2016 with you. 

The same day I hit "Publish" on my post, I came across this picture on my husband's Facebook feed.

My husband is a big believer in working hard, and I really like this image. The list above gives 10 things that we have control over. There's nothing on the list above that must be left up to chance. We can choose to do the work and get better at all of them, or not.

The next graphic I came across was on twitter. It's one I had seen before, but it really resonated with me in the midst of where my head was at.

The last time I saw this graphic, it was in the context of not comparing your life to someone's timeline on social media. We tend to share the positive experiences and accomplishments on social media, and we can fall into the trap of thinking that other people have "perfect" lives when we feel like ours is full of missteps and disappointments. 

When I saw in on Twitter recently, I thought about the upcoming year. For success to happen, there will be a lot of "behind the scenes" action. Good things, bad things, and a lot of hard work. I feel motivated by my three words, FOCUS, PURPOSE, and DO, and I'm ready to continue my momentum into the new year. 

The last message that I came across was the video below of Stephen Curry. 

If your device won't play the video, click here to watch:

In case you haven't heard of Stephen Curry, he is currently one of the TOP players in the NBA, leading his team, the Golden State Warriors, to an NBA championship in 2015. 

As soon as I saw this video, I emailed this link to my daughter, a college basketball player, and told her to "watch this video. Every. Single. Day."

In the video, Curry reads his ((unflattering)) 2009 draft report. It gave me chills the first time I watched the video, as I am aware of the incredible ball handler, shooter, and leader that he is today.

At all levels, there are people to continue to grow. Curry is not where he is today because he talked the talk. He is there because he put in the work. Every. Single. Day.

That is what I want to am going to do in 2016. 

What walk will you be walking?

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  1. Jennifer,

    I was just reading that what separates effective leaders from ineffective leaders is not their beliefs, but their actions. We need to work toward our goals not just wish for them. Thanks for the reminder!


  2. Jon, thanks for the comment. It's a great point, and it reminds me that we say what we believe, but we DO what we value. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  3. I totally agree with this! We don't always have to broadcast what we want to do, its better to just do it, then talk about it!