There’s a line that Shaun White, professional skateboarder, snowboarder and Olympian recites to himself before a major run at an event:
“I’m here, I’m going to try my best, and I’m going to go home, and my family’s there.”
Most of us aren’t Olympic athletes but we know that feeling of ‘being at the top of a run’. We know what it feels like just before we ‘drop into’ something at work or at home that matters. Winning feels great, applause is nice, being overlooked hurts and failing sucks.
But humans always see outcomes through a lens, a perspective. And when we change lenses or shift perspective, the world looks different, the world is different.
When we remember that, at the end of the day, despite everything, we go home to our family and our ‘tribe’; our wins are tempered by humility and gratitude. And our failures are cushioned by hope and love.