A famous basketball player was once quoted as saying, “you miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.”

Well…Yeah! Duh! The point was obviously that an important part of scoring is about taking a lot of swings rather than not taking any. But there is another part of the equation.

You have to have a goal or a target. We don’t just swing at mid air. We take aim at a target.

Take Dax here. He’s taking lots of swings but in every swing, he also is taking careful aim at his target (a punching bag) and with enthusiasm, swinging at it. This picture reminds me of a scripture passage in the NT.

Most Bible scholars think that the Apostle Paul had an appreciation for the sport of boxing because he does mention it in his writings. In 1 Corinthians chapter 9 we read:

“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.  Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air;  but I [l]discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.” 1 Cor 9: 24-27

Today’s “training tip” for a life of influence?

Take aim at your target, my friend. And swing a few times every day!

Something to think about.


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