If you are a team roper, or if you know one, then you know about the highs and lows of the sport. One moment you can be on top of the world, and the next you’re debating all of the time, money, and work that you put into the sport of team roping. A moment is all it takes for everything to change – one run, one win, one loss, one lucky draw, one unlucky mistake. A lot like the game of life.
So how do you keep your head and heart in the game that’s ever-changing? You build a solid foundation, and stand firm on it. This is not talking about making sure you’ve completely mastered the sport and will never slip up (and we’d like to hear anyone who’s truly accomplished that). A firm foundation is a strong work ethic, a support system, a fundamentally sound skill set, and the mindset of a winner.
When the road gets shaky, or when you’re stuck in an “off” phase, is your work ethic shaken? Are you more inclined to throw down the rope? Or pick it up, take responsibility for those things you can change, hone your fundamentals, and build on your skill set? Do you surround yourself with people that support you and push you to grow, are you surrounded by those concerned with comforting you, telling you, “Its okay, keep doing what you’re doing”? Have you ever been to the point where you wanted to give up and throw the towel? What mindset do you really have?
Success is bred in and out of the arena, by working hard to maintain the mindset of a winner, and staying open minded to change. Set small goals, and don’t stop working until you’ve achieved them. Then, set another. And another. Make each goal a stepping stone to the next, and keep that winner-mentality whether you are on the top of your game, or going through the a rough spot. Keep an open mind, and remember, “Without proper fundamentals you can only hope for random success. With proper fundamentals, you are your only limitation” (John McCarthy, RopeSmart Founder). Keep your head and your heart in the game, put in the work, watch your circle of influence, and achieve all that you have set out to.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. Colossians 3:23