Seasonal Transitions/Realistic Assessment
Bridge the Gap
42“We just missed a few tactics yesterday and today we played the game exactly how we said it, we did how we said we were going to do it, that’s results and that’s how we want to play it… we really wanted to wait for half race to do it, and that’s pretty much what happened. I saw the opportunity, there’s no star on this team, we’re all here to take opportunities, that’s what happened.” Jeff Louder, Pro Cyclist on stage win
Chase back to catch your next break. That break may be in cycling or it may mean radical changes. This is an opportunity to determine new expectations and execute new prosperous strategies.
Just as a team meets to discuss ways to overcome setbacks, it helps to get feedback of others’ perceptions of you and fresh approaches. Reality is not based on how we feel. I’ve worked with frustrated riders who felt they were ready for a team spot who may never overcome obstacles of impatience, inflexibility outside of comfort zone, and poor communication skills – all qualities necessary for effective team work. I’ve also worked with riders who lacked knowledge, skill and confidence whose big engines and robust personalities landed them quickly in the scouting talent pool.
Somewhere among self-evaluation, the perception of others who know and respect us, and spiritual life – is the truth. Today we make a plan to bridge the gap between reality and hopes.
Prayer for Realistic Assessment
“…be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.” 43Romans 12:3-24
We pray for open hearts to search and receive the best possible way into a prosperous future.
Ponder What are my current circumstances revealing about future?
What are wise friends and close associates advising me about cycling?
Is there provision in place for the plans I’ve formed? If not, what’s my proposal for funding/income/resources?
What is my passion revealing about my assignment? What makes me angry, sad, pumped, excited?
What can I offer that no one else can?
What inspires a deep sense of peace about my future: using verses of the Bible, words of inspiration, “signs” or unexpected spiritual senses? What is revealed to me in prayer?
Affirm I consider all these things to change course. Watch within, without, with God.
42“Jeff Louder wins break sprint in Redlands crit and Santiago Botero protects his yellow jersey – Report and Photos,” posted April 6th, 2008 by Lyne Lamoureux on www.reviews.roadbikereview.com
43The Bible, New International Version, Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society