Challenging Times make you Stronger

This quote is dedicated to the good folks that worked at The Guelph Mercury, one of my local newspapers, that is stopping production on Friday January 29th, 2016. Especially Tony Saxon, one of my favorite reporters that was the beat writer who covered the Guelph Storm OHL hockey club. Thanks Tony.

Windy Tree at Beach

“Good Timber does not grow with ease; the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees.” J. Willard Marriott, Founder,  Marriott Hotels

Motivational Quote: Athletic Legacy

This quote is dedicated to all of the Olympic athletes who are leaving their legacy in the hearts of future Olympians after watching them perform in Vancouver.

This sign is painted on the wall by the  Guelph Storm dressing room at the Sleeman Centre in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

The 7+ Habits of Highly Effective Husbands: Habit #3: Think WE before ME

To explain theis point I need to talk about another one of my great loves… hockey.

I remember one particular game when a powerful Jr. A team from a neighbouring city http://www.kitchenerrangers.com  was losing to our city’s young inexperienced team. http://www.guelphstorm.com

Then, with the game still in reach, their new star player (Steve Downie http://lightning.nhl.com/team/app?page=PlayerDetail&playerId=8471703&service=page) jumped one of our players (Mike MacLean http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=76851)from behind for what seemed like no reason at all, knocking him to the ground, and beat the tar out of him. To make matters worse, after being pulled off by the refs, he proceeded to kick his helmet against the boards, knock over a rack of hockey sticks, and toss a case of water bottles onto the ice. (Check out the whole thing on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQ4RkHbMeqk&feature=PlayList&p=ECEEA090F95A695E&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=50) Not only did he embarass himself, but he left his team short-handed. Our team went on to win 5-0.

It has been said that selfishness is the root of all evil.

Well, Mr. Downie, received an 8-game suspension for his selfish act that night. And isn’t it interesting that while he was suspended his team started winning again.

In short, when players focus on themselves, they lose. But when they focus on the team, they win.

The same lesson applies in marriage.  I know when I make major decisions focusing only on me, I get in trouble. But when I focus on the two of us, on WE, things work out better.

Because great teams are just that… teams.

So if you want to win remember Habit #3 and Think WE before Me.

Check back next time to learn what Habit #4 is.