Ever been white water rafting? If you’ve ever done it with some higher category rapids and had a good guide they probably said something similar to what mine said…
“If I point, it’s always a positive. I will never point at a dangerous rock, or a waterfall, or a tree limb to avoid. If I point, I’m pointing to where you need to be, and you need to do whatever you have to do to get there.”
What a great metaphor for life! Too often we’re so worried about what we want to avoid that we lose sight of where we want to go. We’re too busy playing defense to make any progress on our game plan.
Can you imagine what would happen if the guide were constantly pointing out danger? Not only would the rafters be terrified, they’d be all over the place, not knowing what to do. By focusing only on the positive and the steps they can take to get where they need to be, they have the best chance at avoiding danger.
So as you navigate the rapids of life, remember – don’t just play defense. Don’t just try to avoid what scares you. Figure out where you need to be and move toward it. You’ll be a lot better off.