Look at you scouting prospects and separating your contract players from your franchise players. Check out last weeks blog if you need a refresher. Is your dream team stacked? Are you still deciding who will make the final cut and who will become a free agent? Most sports fans would agree that the fundamental element of all sports is a skill; your franchise players are the fundamental elements of your team. The final cut is a critical decision that you will have to make for yourself.
Building a franchise isn’t easy, and you certainly cannot do it alone; that’s why you need to make sure you surround yourself with a winning team. The same holds true when we want to glow-up in life; it’s possible, but it’s way better when others are glowing around you. Who we surround ourselves with is equally important as what we feed our souls and minds. Remember, we’re building a franchise where ultimate goal is to reach the Super Bowl.
Tryouts are never easy on coaches or athletes! With a bit of planning and a mindset focused on growth, you can create a championship team that fosters living a life of value. I want you to put some real thought into this process. Here are some tips that I’ve learned along my journey. Grab a pen and a pad and jot down these notes; I’m about to take you to school one last time; think of this as your study guide for your final exam. I want to give you some pointers when choosing your players and how to spot those franchise players.
Tips For Making The Final Cut:
- Choose those who give wise counsel. “He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harms.” Proverbs 13:20
- Values trump social status; choose players who exhibit good character and strong morals. “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared.” Proverbs 22:24-25
- Choose friends who will stand by and guide you when needed; dependability should never be negotiable. “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work; If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
In professional sports, once a player’s contract runs out, you decide if this is somebody you’re going to keep or let them become a free agent. If you choose to tag one of these players, their pay rate sometimes increases exponentially. You have to know without a doubt that this investment is worth your time and money, so let’s pause it right here for a second and read the sentence about the pay rate increases again. Ideally, you don’t have to pay your friends monetarily to be a part of your life; however, we pay them with our time. Those payments are reciprocated through life lessons and shared experiences.
Loyalty, mutual respect, unconditional love are the common denominators between my franchise players and me. These are the people I’m the proudest of and whose opinions I value. I count on them to hold me accountable for my actions; I trust them with my life; they’ve helped save me from myself in times that I didn’t even know I needed saving. You see, franchise players bring a lot more to the table than the obvious they pour into our lives and we into theirs. You root for each other; because you genuinely want to see each other win. I find comfort in knowing someone’s always there to lend an ear or put me in my place if need be because their intentions towards me and my hypothetical franchise are always good and pure.
Be On The Lookout For:
- Positive influences “Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” 1 Corinthians 15:33
- Humility “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.” Philippians 2:3
- Vigilance “Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13
Your franchise players are your “no matter what friends.” They’re your tribe, clique, squad, your “ride or dies, ‘ your teammates, and a gift from above. I could talk franchise all day. God has appointed several players of this caliber to my corner, and I’m so grateful for that. I pray to God that you have a similar championship-winning team around you, as well. If you don’t, I’m here for you (I hope you make the cut).