I recently read the Bleacher Report article titled "I'm Not the Lone Wolf" featuring Urban Meyer and the mental health issues he has faced in his past. The article dives into the unknown story of Meyer battling high stress and anxiety throughout his time as the Head Coach of the Florida Gators. His story inspired me to write down a few things and share a few notes from a good friend and mentor of mine Matt Baasch. Matt and his ideas of reflections correlate extremely well with Coach Meyers experiences as an example of being true to yourself with self-awareness and self evaluations.
Before we can take the next step to reaching our potential, we need to fully understand where were are and how we got there. Through challenging times, the people who take 100% responsibility for their life come out successful. The best of the best, are always aware, they always reflect, and they self-evaluate.
Coach Meyer was aware of his situation. Although it might have taken high levels of stress and a trip to hospital to realize it, he was aware of his habits and the effects they had on him and people close to him.
- To be different from who we are today, we must be aware of who we are. Understanding oneself is the start of a new you
- You have to understand that you are where you are, because of you. People may have influenced you, but you ultimately made the decisions to be where your feet are
Coach Meyer took time off to reflect. He reflected on how he got there and what caused him to be where he was.
- HOPE - I got here because of me, and from here, I can take myself anywhere
- CONTROL - I got here because I control my thoughts, actions, and reactions
Are you a product of the environment you are in? Are you a product of the people around you? Are you a product of your thoughts and actions?
With a new job and a new chapter in his life after time off, he evaluated where he was and where he is going.
- Can't change our past, but can change our future by changing our thoughts, actions, and decisions
- Experience creates growth, intentional evaluations of experiences creates exponential growth
The biggest gap in life is where you are and where you want to be - the responsibility towards yourself can get you there. For more lessons from Urban Meyer checkout his book Above The Line.