Hi Teammates!

Throughout my life, I have often asked myself where I see myself in 5 years. Looking back on it, there were many times where I was not where I saw myself 5 years earlier. If I am honest, it hardly ever worked out exactly. That is not to say, however, that I have hardly achieved my goals. Often, what I planned and what happened were on the same path, just a bit different. For example, towards the end of my playing days, I fully expected to coach. I remember clearly that I planned on coaching in Europe first, and then I thought I would be coaching at a college in the States later. Well, I did end up coaching in Europe, but along the way, I decided that I did not want to coach college ball. There is nothing wrong with changing your mind or adjusting along the way.

Back in 2020, I started reshaping my book and writing it over. I can remember that one of the goals I had was to get my book, Same Name Different Game in the hands of as many athletes as possible AND to be doing speaking engagements on college campuses around America and Canada. While that is still my goal, I have come to realize I will have to adjust my focus a little based on what I have learned since publishing my book. Is my goal of doing public speaking in a little over three years still realistic? Yes, I believe so, but I will not be disappointed if it does not happen as I planned. If it happens in seven years, that will also be fine.

I feel it is important to challenge myself with these goals. I need that in order not to be complacent. I have learned over the years that the unexpected should be expected. You never know how life will throw you a curveball and you have to change the best-laid plans. There is nothing wrong with that. There is also nothing wrong with deciding to put a goal to rest. I did that with my first attempt at writing and publishing my book. It took me 15 years after my first disappointing attempt before I finally published Same Name Different Game. There is no expiry date for your goals. I will continue to challenge myself. It’ll be interesting to see where I end up in the next 5 years! Now, where do you see yourself?

Thank you for taking the time to read my words!


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