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by PTP President, Steve Allred

Welcoming 2022 | Jan 2022

Last night I watched the recently-released movie American Underdog. 

Based on the life and career of Rams Quarterback Kurt Warner, it’s the story of a man facing repeated adversity: benched in college, cut from the Packers after 2 days, relegated to play Arena ball to pay bills…the list goes on.

The turning point comes only when Warner lets go of what “should be”, what he wants and instead, chooses to be present with life as it is.

Striving to make the most of life as it is, Warner is eventually offered an opportunity with the Rams and goes on to become the first undrafted quarterback to win a Super Bowl – among a litany of other accolades. 

As individuals, as leaders in healthcare, as an industry still fighting through COVID, most of us have faced difficult decisions, dealt with frustration and disappointment and know the fight is not over yet.

As we enter this new year, a concept Dan Sullivan and Dr. Benjamin Hardy wrote about in their book “The Gap and the Gain” may help us renew our energy and focus.

The authors suggest we stop measuring success by the gap between how things are and how we think they should be. 

Instead, look to the gains we are making right where we are. With that mindset, we find greater positivity, happiness and motivation to achieve our goals. It doesn’t fail to recognize the challenges we face but helps us harness the internal power we need to overcome. 

As I think about this, I ask myself:  

“How can I look at and let adversity be my teacher, prepare me for future success?” 

“What gains have I made overcoming the challenges I face?”

What about you?

How will you let these adversities prepare you for future success?

 What gains have you made and perhaps not celebrated?

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