"Start by praying and saying, "Lord, please guide me in Your knowledge and wisdom, as I seek to build my support and community. If there is anyone in my planned selection, who doesn't support my improvement, please reveal this to me. In Your Son Jesus Name, I pray, Amen."
This Sunday, I watched as Jimmy Johnson, the former coach of the Dallas Cowboys, was informed of his pending induction into the NFL Hall of Fame as a member of the inducted class of 2020. In the process of telling him, those in attendance cheered gleefully, and it was clear that he was undeniably emotional. Former players like Terry Bradshaw and Troy Aikman all looked on, as Coach Johnson did his best to compose himself and express appreciation for this great honor.
It was the passionate words he used to acknowledge the significance of the moment that resonated with me the most. In his best effort to respond to this honor, he expressed himself like this:
."The only thing I can think of is all of the assistant coaches that have worked for me. All of the great players that have played for me; they're the reason I'm here. And they're the reason (gasp) I can't talk (pause) I mean, I mean, this is so special to me, because when you've put in the work that we put in, it's nice to know people appreciate it."
Side note: that moment when he gasped, was a bit terrifying.
On August 3, 2020, Coach Johnson and Coach Johnson alone will receive his well-deserved honor. However, in his opinion, he notes that he'd have no consideration for the celebration if it weren't for his former coaching staff and team. He accredits his pending enshrinement to his community.
The word community carries several definitions; however, the one that resonates with this article is as follows: a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals
"However, in his opinion, he notes that he'd have no consideration for the celebration if it weren't for his former coaching staff and team."
Here's a hard fact. 2019 taught me a lot of precious lessons; however, one of the best experiences I gleaned, was in my acceptance of the truth that everyone needs community. As imperfect people or perfectly imperfect perfectionists, our desperation for support, is undeniable. Please make no mistake about it; you need a team. These souls are a part of the group of people who will aid you in overcoming your weaknesses, maintaining accountability, and vice-versa.
Ask yourself, who do you have in your life right now that holds you accountable? Who's helping you to get better? Whom do you share improvement involvement? If your answer to any of these questions is no one, then I've got news for you, YOU DESPERATELY NEED COMMUNITY.
"As imperfect people or perfectly imperfect perfectionists, our desperation for support, is undeniable. Please make no mistake about it; you need a team."
Trust me when I say that the creation of your community must be cultivated with great caution. The incorrect selection of the members of your community can cause your progression to roll in reverse.
Therefore, if you need community, and you want to make your selections wisely, I'd implore you to consider these few points. I present to you, 6 principles to create a lasting community of growth and success:
What are your thoughts on the matter? Agree? Disagree? Let me know.
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Kevin D. Jones, Sr.
Kevin D. Jones, Sr.
I'm just an imperfect guy, serving a Perfect God, and doing my best to share Him with everyone I can.