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Tim Kolodziej

May 2, 2013

Tim Kolodziej: Just one word is keeping me — and probably you — from excellence

NEW CASTLE — Commitment.

You’re all in.

Or you aren’t.

There’s no “maybe.”

There’s no “sometimes.”

There’s no “I can’t right now but ...”

There’s no doubt where you stand.

So, you in?


We’ve got some work to do.

“We were made to be prisms refracting the light of God's glory into all of life.” — John Piper


It’s a big word with even bigger ramifications.

The best are committed.

The brightest are committed.

Those who lead, who excel, who bring others higher, are committed.

And those people — those who you long to be like, who you admire from afar — aren’t much different from you.

In fact, only one word separates those “who want to” from those “who are.”


So, you in?


We’ve got some work to do.

“God isn't surprised when we fail, He's surprised when we quit. We're not our successes or failures, we're His.” — Bob Goff


There’s no time like now to get started.

It’s not the perfect time, but it’s the right time.

If you are waiting for ...

•Your braces to come off

•Your teachers or boss to encourage you

•More money

•More time

•More spiritual maturity

•The kids to grow up and leave the home

... I’ve got some bad news for you.

You’re going to be waiting an awful long time.

It’s a tough lesson to learn — I battle this daily — but our lives aren’t dictated by our circumstances.

They’re dictated by our choices.

It’s that simple.

"If you really want to do something, you'll find a solution. If you don't, you'll find an excuse." — Brian Kramer


Today, you can choose it.

Or you can continue to choose distraction.

Instead of making that call or taking the class or sending the letter or closing the sale, you can simply continue to scroll down the Facebook or Instagram newsfeeds until you realize it’s time to pick up the kids, wash a load of laundry or ... fill in the blank.

Then, it’s too late.

We’ll promise ourselves “tomorrow.”

And tomorrow will be more of the same.

I’m now devouring the book “Take the Stairs” by Rory Vaden. I love how he puts it: “We need to stop spending so much of our time trying to make the RIGHT decisions and, instead, start spending our time making decisions and then MAKING THEM right.”

Vaden shares an illustration that perhaps you’ve heard before, but I believe it’s worth repeating.

A man named Bob is in a restroom, standing in front of the urinal — and he is suddenly in a bit of a predicament.

Somehow he’s managed to drop a $5 bill into the urinal. Just as Bob is looking down thinking about what he’s going to do, another gentleman named Dave happens to walk into the restroom.

Dave sees the $5 in the urinal, assesses the situation with an empathetic sigh, and then says, “Oh, that’s a tough decision. What are you going to do?”

Bob thinks about it for a moment. He looks at the urinal, and then looks back at Dave.

A split second later Bob pulls out his wallet, grabs a $50 bill and tosses it into the urinal!

In shock, Dave exclaims, “Man, what are you doing? I can’t believe you just did that. That’s fifty dollars!”

Bob looks back at Dave, cracks a smile, and replies: “Well, c’mon, you didn’t think I’d stick my hand in there for just five dollars, did you?”

In other words, the more you have invested, the more you’re willing to go “all in.”

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