How about Laremy Tunsil? The Ole Miss Offensive Tackle was #1 on Mel Kiper's Draft Board in the 2016 NFL Draft. Minutes before the draft started, his personal twitter account was allegedly hacked and a video was posted of him smoking weed. Imagine that, the biggest job opportunity of his life and ten minutes before his big night, a video surfaces that immediately puts doubt in the mind of NFL Owners. Sure, he didn't choose to post the video. Although, he chose to smoke, and chose to videotape it. His choice, created his challenge.
Let's take a look at the best golfer of all time. A fearless competitor on the course, and someone the fans always wanted to see on TV on a late sunday afternoon. In late 2009, his life was changed forever. Tiger Woods, was the the best golfer in the world in a sport that prides itself on honor, history, and tradition but his off the course actions exploited his character. Tiger Woods had a choice, and always had a choice. He chose to sacrifice his family and golf career. The challenges he has faced legally, psychologically and physically are all because of what he chose to do. We are often caught up of all the bad things that are happening to us, but did we chose to put ourselves in this situation?
Your choice, creates your challenge. Tunsil put himself in a challenging spot where he needs to prove himself to his new team and new owner that they can trust him on and off the field. Tiger put himself in a challenging spot where he lost trust of his family, friends and fans.
We should focus on controlling our decision making that will create challenges that will help us grow. Coaches, teachers, and leaders put their teams in extremely hard challenging spots because they know that it will make the team better. You have a choice, and whatever you choose, you will be challenged. Whether it's a job that puts stress on your family or doing something you shouldn't be doing, you always have a choice.
We often go through our daily routine because we believe we "have to" but when we think like we "have to" do everything, we are telling ourselves we don't have a choice. When we tell ourselves we have to do something, we often conform and go through the motions. Going through the motions never created anything with tremendous value. We don't HAVE TO do anything.
You are doubted by NFL owners because you decided to smoke weed.
You are in a job you hate, because you chose to be there and choose to stay there.
You are stuck at the red light, because you decided to take that route home.
You are out of shape, because you chose to not work out.
You are always doing what you want to do. When we embrace the idea of always having a choice, our controllables rise. You can always control your attitude, effort, energy, and perspective. Embrace your decision making, and your production level will rise.