Make Every Day Opening Day

It’s not often you attend a baseball pre-season kick-off event and walk away a better person. But that’s exactly what happened February 1st at Southside Christian School – thanks to our head Coach, Ken Ledford, and Monte Lee, head baseball coach at Clemson University.

It was Coach Ledford’s 2nd annual First Pitch dinner/team announcement event for our middle school, JV and varsity baseball players and their families. My #18 outfielder, Griffin Grom, will begin his 2nd season with Sabre Baseball Nation and will continue to benefit from the collaboration and camaraderie of this incredible team. For this, I am eternally grateful.

So, what made us better people? I don’t think anyone in the room would disagree that the combined messages from these influential coaches motivated, inspired, enhanced or sparked each of us in some unique way.

What follows are practical insights and encouraging words that will help me continue to push myself and others to be better, more often. Which ones resonate with you?

  • Make every day opening day.
  • Your 1st game is no more important than today’s practice.
  • Be great where your feet are.
  • Sit up front and in the middle. It matters.
  • When you’re on time, you’re late.
  • Burn the ships! A reference to Cortez conquering the Aztecs.
  • No retreat. No surrender.
  • It’s not difficult – it’s time consuming.
  • Continue to do things that point to Christ’s character. All the time.
  • Actions speak.
  • There is a difference between fear and danger. Conquer fear.
  • We over me.
  • Stats don’t matter. Help the team win.
  • YOU are your best friend. Don’t be so hard on yourself.
  • Replace ‘have to’ with ‘get to’ and see how perspective changes.
  • Clemson TIGERS:
    • Toughness
    • Integrity
    • Gratitude
    • Excellent
    • Relentless
    • Selfless

2018: The Year of Endurance

Happy New Year!

A time to reflect, reset, revitalize and relaunch. No doubt, my PIVOT strategy for 2017 catapulted me in a whole new direction and there is no end in sight. For every wind of change, I am extremely grateful.

So, what’s next? 2018 is all about continuing the momentum. Running the marathon, not the sprint. Stretching to new heights, setting new boundaries and finding unique ways to win. All in the spirit of ENDURANCE.


Or even better described through the book of James:

For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. (James 1: 2-3)

It’s definitely not rocket science, but ENDURANCE will take effort, learning, dedication and curiosity. Don’t you think? Tell me, what’s your 2018 all about?


The courtesy of an RSVP please.

Not sure what has happened to the simple act of replying and responding to event invitations in this world. It does not matter if it’s my non-profit charity banquet fund raising gala, a cul-de-sac BBQ, my 5 and 6-year old tae kwon do and skatepark birthday parties or a simple voicemail request wondering, “are you coming or not”.

I have always been taught (and still practice today) common courtesy. There’s a ton of time, effort and, most importantly money, that go into planning events of every size. Yes, I understand everyone is busy. But someone thought highly enough of you to invite you in the first place, so you should at least extend the favor of a reply. Is this crazy??

I will admit that online e-vites tend to get responses and it’s a bit easier to send reminders electronically than via snail mail. Maybe people feel more compelled to respond since often times all invitees can see who is coming, considering or declining the invitation. Peer pressure sets in. Maybe I need to do more inviting online, but to me it seems so less personal.

Really people. Please RSVP for heaven’s sake. It doesn’t take much and small things make a big difference. Yes or no. Your friends and family are counting on you.