When I was a senior in high school we got a new basketball coach. The new coach came in and worked us- HARD. We practiced at 6 am and the again at 6 pm some days. We ran for every mistake, every eye roll(mostly mine), and sometimes just because. But by the end of the season we were region champions. A lot of our success had to do with the freshman who were insanely talented, our chemistry -because many of us had played together for years and of course our new and improved work ethic. We worked harder than we ever had that year. Any of my teammates reading this would agree. But I would argue that the primary reason we were region champions in 2008 was because our coach told us we were. In every single huddle- at the beginning and end of practice, when we would break we would say “region champs on 3… 1…2..3.. region champs.” Every single day we did this. From our very first practice to our very last one. We spoke of what we wanted to become.
We as a group had never won a region championship before. All of us were under 6ft and of reasonable athleticism and skill. We were definitely GOOD but better teams existed. We weren’t Maya Moores or Candace Parkers(if you’re not a basketball fan these are some the greatest of all time). But this coach came in and TOLD us who we were. And demanded that every day, after every win and every loss, every sprint and every drill that we declare that WE were the region champions.
Day after day he instilled in us this desire to be the best and whether we knew it or not our faith in our potential to be champions grew. We believed it was possible and we played like it too. (and when we didn’t…we ran for it). I will never forget the moment when the buzzer went off and I realized we won. We had done what we set out to do. We had beaten some REALLY good teams. We were region champs and it felt SO GOOD.
There is something to be said about setting an intention and speaking it into existence. Whatever you sow, you reap. So if you sow seeds of handwork, faith and positive thinking, you will reap the reward of that. If you sow seeds of laziness, doubt and discouragement, you will probably reap the exact opposite of what you desire.
So what have you been saying to yourself? Are you saying I’m a good mother, I’m a CEO, I’m a successful entrepreneur, I’m fit, I’m a chef, I’m a NYT best selling author, I’m a straight A student?
Are you speaking life and then following it up with the work to match the dream?
Or are you saying I’m fat, I’m a failure, I’m inadequate, my business idea won’t work, I’m not disciplined, I can’t cook? Whatever you’re speaking is what you’ll be.
Choose your words wisely.
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit- Proverbs 18:21
Fluffy Biscuit Recipe
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder3 teaspoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1 large egg
- 2/3 cup 2% milk
- In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Cut in shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Whisk egg and milk; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
- Turn onto a well-floured surface; knead 20 times. Roll to 3/4-in. thickness; cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. biscuit cutter. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet.
- Bake at 450° for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm. Yield: 1 dozen