Be Awake

In order to make plays, be awake to possibilities that exist for you in each and every moment. No matter what your reality seems to be at the moment, be awake to the fact that other possibilities exist.

Being aware of illusions of control will help you be awake to possibilities because no matter what or who it seems is in control at the moment, you will have influence if you can just be awake to one other possibility. And one other possibility is always available with just a simple shift in perspective. Your thoughts create your experience of the world, so a new world is only a thought away.

At worst, your understanding will be open to a search for new possibilities even if you can’t grasp the one you want in the moment. If you can’t access this thought at the moment, relax. It’s normal to be stuck. Understand and trust that being stuck won’t last and simply be open to other possibilities available to you in the moment.

At best, you will clearly see one or more plays to be made, plays you can act on in the moment. Be alive and make those plays. If you miss a play, make the next one. Multiple plays are available every single moment of your life.

I understand that when things are going your way, there’s a temptation to believe you are in total control of what’s going on, but nothing could be further from the truth. The truth is that there are countless factors you don’t control that are aligned in your favoring, allowing you to execute your influence and have a perception of control. What a beautiful thing it is to trust that things will go your way despite your lack of control! When you truly understand and trust this, even simple little plays and situations will seem like miracles, and you will be filled with a gratitude, energy, and enthusiasm you’ve rarely if ever experienced before.

And with that gratitude, energy, and enthusiasm, you can get after it, be brilliant, shine the light of life, and make plays!

Be Aware

One of the keys to making the play is to be aware of illusions of control. While perceptions of control are real, true control is an illusion. Anything you believe you control is temporary at best and influenced by factors that are going in your favor only out of pure change and fortune. Too many people become frustrated and confused when they confront their lack of control, and this blocks their ability to make plays in the moment. Belief in control always requires conditions and limits, and ultimately it is disappointing and confusing.

The antidote to the illusion of control is trust. Trust that even when you momentarily lose focus, effort, attitude, or peak physical performance, you are still capable of using your influence to make plays. Trust in the power of your influence only requires possibility, and ultimately breeds clarity and freedom.

Understand that the power of thought creates your experience of living, and while it seems like you can control your thinking process, you are really just steering it with the current of the moment, which is made up of countless influences, most of which are certainly outside your control. It’s really like you are paddling a canoe in a river. You have some influence over where you are going, but so does the river.

Trust that when your thoughts aren’t going your way, it’s only a momentary issue. Keep your composure, and trust that your thoughts can and will change and flow in the direction you desire.

Everyone and everything constantly changes through interactions of influence, and it’s a beautiful and miraculous thing that the influences converge as often as they do to keep you alive, capable of your own influence, and making plays consistently.

When you pass the control baton (sometimes you see yourself as having it, sometimes you believe others have it), you give up on your own power and influence too often. Be aware when you are passing the control baton, understand it’s an illusion, and be awake to the bounty of possibilities this moment provides.

Keys to Making the Play

Keys to Consistently Making the Play…

I mentioned in a previous post (Making the Play) that there are no absolute musts to making the play, but if you want to make plays consistently, there are certain keys that you should understand and follow as often as possible. This is a quick overview of those keys. Each one will be the subject of subsequent blog posts.

The Keys: Be Aware. Be Awake. Be Alive.

Be Aware

In order to make plays, it helps to be grounded in an accurate understanding of reality.

Be aware of illusions of control. While perceptions of control are real, true control is an illusion. Anything you believe you control is temporary at best. Too many people become frustrated and confused when they confront their lack of control, and this blocks their ability to make plays in the moment.

Belief in control always requires conditions and limits, and ultimately it is disappointing and confusing.

The antidote to the illusion of control is trust. Trust that even when you momentarily lose focus, effort, attitude, or peak physical performance, you are still capable of using your influence to make plays.

Trust in the power of your influence only requires possibility, and ultimately breeds clarity and freedom.

Be Awake 
In order to make plays, it helps to see that you are surrounded by plays to be made each and every second of your life.

Be awake to possibilities that exist for you in each and every moment. No matter what your reality seems to be at the moment, be awake to the fact that other possibilities exist.

Being aware of illusions of control will help you be awake to possibilities because no matter what or who it seems is in control at the moment, you will have influence if you can just be awake to one other possibility. And one other possibility is always available with just a simple shift in perspective. Your thoughts create your experience of the world, so a new world is only a thought away.

Be Alive

In order to make plays, In order to make plays, it helps to trust that you are a bright, shining, brilliant being who is capable of doing great things big and small.

Be alive with the energy and enthusiasm of life and make plays! Whatever it is you have to do, do it. Whatever it is you desire to do, get after it. You are a living, breathing, blood pumping, thinking, feeling human, so get moving! Use your influence. Connect and communicate with others. Pursue the life you want to live. Make plays! And when you miss a play, let it go with the understanding that this moment is always filled with more opportunities to make another play.

Making the Play

1/09/17

What a game. Clemson played a game with Coach Dabo Swinney’s proclamation of belief, love, and guts, and prevailed against the great Alabama Crimson Tide, 35-31. In the post-game interviews, Alabama’s Head Coach, Nick Saban, one of the greatest coaches of all time, attributed Clemson’s win to a very simple factor.

“They made the plays, and we didn’t,” Saban said.

Every endeavor has its own plays to be made. You either make them or you miss them. The more plays you understand how to make, the more plays you will make consistently. The more plays you make, the greater your chance of winning.

Too often we get lulled into thinking that the conditions (situations) dictate our response. To be a play maker we need to be open to the idea that no matter what the situation, we have influence.

In a battle that is weighed on a scoreboard, games aren’t determined by one play, even though the last play sometimes matters in the outcome. Each play counts equally. Often, it seems that games are determined by 3 or 4 big plays, but it simply seems that way because the plays made during the rest of the game balance each other. Each play, each moment, is an opportunity to make a play that tips the balance of the scales.

Sports are simply an extension of a greater life, and every situation in life presents a play to made, a moment to be seized. The best playmakers understand that no matter how favorable or unfavorable the situation appears, it is full of wide open potential, and in this invitation to possibility, the playmaker does what he can to influence the world in front of him.

Last night, Clemson made a few more plays than Alabama, but in such a great game, both sides made plays all night long. Some were easily noticed, others were subtle and more easily glossed over, but each counted. And according to Coach Dabo Swinney’s proclamation, Clemson’s belief, love, and guts made the difference in making a few more plays than their opponents made. They made the plays that needed to be made to win.

If you desire to make plays in your life, I aim to help. There are certain keys that will help you make plays consistently. This blog is dedicated to those keys. I hope you enjoy it and make plays in your life.

My Best to You,

Jared Wood