A Leadership Lesson for the New Year

One of my sons happened upon an interesting quote recently. It seemed perfect for this time of year when we are starting to think about New Year’s resolutions. The quote is, “Everyone should smile. Life really isn’t that serious. We make it hard. The sun rises. The sun sets. We just tend to complicate the process.”

I was surprised to learn that this quote is from Arian Foster, a running back for the Houston Texans in the National Football League. But as I read more about Foster, it is clear that he lives this philosophy. You see, Foster was not drafted out of college. He signed with the Texans as a free agent, meaning he was a long shot to make the team. As we know today, Foster has become one of the best running backs in the NFL. He is a four-time Pro Bowl player, and he won the League Rushing Title in 2010. More recently, Foster has been battling injuries, but he has shown resilience and perseverance by working his way back and competing despite numerous setbacks.

Undoubtedly, some of Foster’s success despite difficult odds is due to his philosophy of staying positive and not “complicating the process.” It has helped Foster to tremendous accomplishments; and it can do the same for you.

So as you think about your New Year’s resolutions, remember to include smiling and not making life too hard. You will face challenges this year; we all will. And some of these will be serious. But if you smile, maintain a positive attitude, and work your way through the process, you will come out on top. The sun rises. The sun sets. Be sure to enjoy the time in between.

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