Find Your '68' And Watch Your Perspective Toward Life Totally Change

Find Your '68' And Watch Your Perspective Toward Life Totally Change

Dreams will only stay dreams if you don't have something to push you to achieve them.

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As a student-athlete for my university's golf team, I continually meet with my team to discuss not only what characteristics make a championship team but also what characteristics make the individual a champion in a sport and in life. A headlining characteristic that can be applied to everything from sports to business is a strong awareness of vision. Let's talk about the importance of vision, how you can apply it into your daily life, and how it can change it forever.

Vision: a clear path to where you want to go, but also a clear plan of what you have to do to get to the end of that tunnel and a clear reason for why you want to and are working towards that end goal. That end goal is great to have, but it is imperative to identify what steps you have to take to get there.

As the year is winding down and the new year is upon us, this is a great time to reevaluate our individual goals in life and set our path to get there. But, as we are all human, we know that even if we have a clear path, the most difficult part is sticking to it. We always strive to put 100% effort into all we do, but it is inevitable that we're just going to have some off days. Sometimes we get sick, we get swamped with so much work to do all at once, or sometimes we just don't have the energy to get up and do what needs to be done. But, I believe it is essential to keep this perspective in mind: We are all blessed in one way or another and we need to appreciate that. We have been given gifts and talents to be able to accomplish our dreams and reach a higher purpose in life. By giving in to the temptations of not giving it your all, you are showing signs of disrespect. You are cheating yourself and disrespecting your own gifts by not doing your best to cultivate and develop the gifts you have.

So, when times do get tough, what can we do to find that extra drive in ourselves to find the resiliency to push through? One thing that my golf team focuses on to help us push through is the idea of establishing our "68s" right at the beginning of the year. What is a "68" you ask? It all originates from Czechoslovakian hockey player Jaromir Jagr, who decided to wear the jersey number 68 for a really touching and important reason. The number is a reference to the year 1968 the year Soviet tanks invaded Czechoslovakia to bring social reform. Although Jagr wasn't alive at the time, his grandfather lived through this tragic event and unfortunately was imprisoned for defiance of the Communist takeover, and he later died in prison. Jagr wears this number as a remembrance to his grandfather and all who suffered during this tough time. By wearing this number on his back during every game and every practice, it acts as a constant reminder of what his higher purpose is, what he is playing for. So, when times do get tough, he is reminded that he is not only playing for himself but also for the people of his home country and the others who were not as fortunate as him.

By finding that bigger purpose, we enable ourselves to broaden our perspective towards our life and current situation. We come to realize that life is not as horrible as it may seem at the time. We come to recognize that the blessings outweigh the hard times, and only through struggles are we able to grow and come out of the fire stronger and better than ever.

From personal experience, establishing my own 68 and seeing my teammates establish their own from the get-go for the past two years has significantly made a difference in the choices we make compared to others who may not have established one. For myself, last year my 68 was my family. Not just my parents and my little sister but all of the people I consider family. Last year I kept in mind that my actions and decisions should all be done to benefit me and help me perform at my best in order to honor all those who have helped me get to this point in life. This year my 68 is my faith. By keeping my faith in mind, I remind myself of the statement I mentioned earlier. Personally, I believe that I have been blessed with an amazing talent, and I am being called to use this talent to help others who are less fortunate. To not put 100% into improving and cultivating this talent means that I am not appreciating the gifts that I have been given and I am not doing all that I can to help others.

If you haven't found your greater purpose yet, there is no better time to start than now! Discover your purpose and your passion, set that clear path, and find your 68. Sometimes, the first enemy is ourselves when we're lying in bed in the morning not wanting to get up and get work done. Your end goal and your level of value you have towards your dreams should guide you, but when all else fails, your 68 will always be there to give you that extra push.

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30 Things I Would Rather Do Than Watch The Patriots Win Another Super Bowl

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The Patriots are definitely one of those teams that everyone loves to hate (myself included as a Steelers fan). With multiple past cheating scandals, it’s surprising that there isn’t more attention brought to the speculation that the refs are in their pocket. Somehow the rules are always in their favor just when you think they are going to lose. We are all tired of seeing the Patriots win in ways that only seem possible by ritual sacrifices and dirty politics. I don't even need to be a fan of who they're playing — here are 30 things I would rather do than see the Patriots win yet another Super Bowl this year.

1. Get a Brazilian bikini wax

2. Be allergic to the sun

3. Give up chocolate for the rest of my life

4. Get my wisdom teeth pulled… without anesthetic

5. Have to speak in front of a class in my underwear

6. Put my hand in a deep fryer

7. Have a bloody nose every day for the rest of my life

8. Use my first ever email address (saigepoo@aol.com)

9. Never be able to text again

10. Have to walk to class in the rain every day

11. Lose my wallet

12. Wait in line at the DMV

13. Be stuck in high school forever

14. Shave my head

15. Go without power for a week

16. Fall off a cliff

17. Get hit by a car

18. Run an ultramarathon

19. Never pet another dog

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21. Go on a juice cleanse

22. Have my car break down on the interstate

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My Worst Experience With Online Dating

To be blunt, it was terrible.

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My experience in a major online relationship began in high school as an escape from my own reality. I told myself I wasn't attractive, nor was I one of the cool kids in the clique. I turned my attention to the wonders of the internet, a place that has access to almost anything.

I figured dating someone online would make me feel better about myself and boost the self-esteem I lost growing up. This stemmed from obesity, anxiety, and of course, my Asperger's syndrome diagnosis. So, when I found a platform to communicate with others, I thought I had it made.

Looking back, my online dating experience is something I regret 100 percent.

I was only a junior in high school who couldn't wait to return home every day to use my computer. Because I was an obvious fanatic of the "Glee" series, I spent my days on its forum website, where I made a few friends, enemies, and basically spent hours on the chat communicating with everyone about the show or beyond.

But, I spent my time on the website developing romantic feelings for someone I didn't know. I was 16 when it was set in stone, but I knew this person since I was literally 14. We had a pretty good friendship at first. It became rocky once I let my bitter attitude and jealousy get in the way, but for some reason, we'd always reconcile.

I wasn't exactly in this person's league (at least that's what I assumed). On top of that, I lived in Philadelphia, and the person told me that they lived in Cleveland. In my head, I was like, "Oh, okay. That's not bad, it's only a 7-hour drive." But, the person only saw our relationship as strictly platonic, while dating others online in the process.

I didn't want to accept it— the jealousy was unhealthy. Back then, I didn't understand why I was so eager to confess my love for someone I didn't know face-to-face.

Let's jump to August of 2014. It was my final month before junior year and my free time, of course, remained online. During this time, "Glee" was in shambles after Cory Monteith's death, and the show was slowly coming to an end. For some reason, this person and I would have multiple conversations and grew closer.

Suddenly, it came about that the romantic feelings were mutual and things started from there. I realized that I got what I wanted, but I realized that the relationship wasn't what I wanted. I took a risk in agreeing to date this person after they revealed to me that they didn't live in Ohio but out of the country.

And still, my stupid ass still agreed to commit to the relationship.

I was so ecstatic to be in a relationship with someone I had feelings for years online. But, about a month in, things didn't go well. For one, time-zone issues. I'd be sleep when they'd be awake. If we were up at the same time, we'd only spend about 15 minutes chatting on Kik or on the forum.

I was taking 2 AP courses during junior year, and a lot of my attention drew away from the online world. They'd get angry if I couldn't get back to them on time. Sometimes, so would I.

We never talked on the phone, nor did we Skype as often. We knew we were both real people because we Skyped before, but it just didn't feel as genuine as I thought it would be.

Eventually, I started losing interest. We broke up by the end of that year.

I guess my point is that online dating is boring unless you find some lucky way to cope with online long-distance relationships. I, for damn sure, couldn't afford to take trips out of the country to cuddle up with someone for a day. Hell, I can't even afford college as is.

It was that experience that made me realize that I would never date online again. Sure, it was a big part of my adolescence, but I prefer the easy route.

If you're in an online relationship and managing it well, kudos to you.

But would I ever do it again? Hell, no.

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