As 2021 works through its last few days, it feels like a better year than 2020, but still not up to par or anywhere close to where we’d like to be. 2021 felt like we regained consciousness, got our feet under us, got our athletic shoes back on, but we’re not quite operating at full strength. Like the title of this article… “Discombobulated.”

Jump on YouTube and type in “Mike Tyson quick knockouts” and you’ll see how this term translates into sports. When Tyson was in his prime, he had some powerful punches. Opponents would enter the ring with him worrying that they might leave the ring on a stretcher. He was that powerful. One of his quotes has gotten a lot of use over the last few years. That quote is this, “Everybody has a plan ‘till they get punched in the mouth.” Sometimes it’s life that delivers a punch in the mouth leaving us off balance, out of sorts, searching for stability; you know, discombobulated.

As many of you are aware, I look at sports as life in fast motion. What does a boxer do after he or she had just gotten comfy-cozy with the canvas after being delivered a devastating punch? In the ring, the opponent is sent to a neutral location while the injured boxer gets a 10 count to see if they can continue. They take some deep breaths and get their wits about them and see if they can get up and continue the fight. Sometimes we’ve got to go through that same process in life.

Take a step back, breath, re-assess, change the plan if necessary, and then eventually, even if it’s not for the fight at hand, eventually we’ve got to get back into that ring. Like Henry Ford said, “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” You can and you will learn from failures and setbacks so that you can return to the triumph and glory of WINNING!

If you need help “begiing again more intelligently,” let’s jump on a call and see if it would be a good fit for us to work together into the new year!