What I've learned from Fantasy Football

No matter how much you think you know, you don't.

I spent hours, even days studying pre-draft rankings, weekly matchups, season predictions, all leading up to the day of the draft. I had my top players for each round and was fully prepared to dominate the 2014-2015 fantasy football season.

Yeah, no.

Who knew Calvin Johnson would score >5 points in Week 4? Or that Mohammed Sanu would throw for a TD in Week 3?

I didn't.

Perhaps, this applies to life. No amount of study or preparation will ever prepare anyone for the unexpected twists and turns on the roller coaster of life (also, why is the game of Life a road trip when it should be a roller coaster?)

The good news is that in fantasy football, you're not stuck with your draft day starting lineup, otherwise there would be some angry RGIII owners right now. You can make changes weekly, even daily. Adjustments are the only way to win.

Be prepared for change, and remember that no matter how much you think you know, you probably don't.

Thoughtful response > instinctual reaction.

Someone cut me off in traffic today. My first thought is to tell them they're #1 and perhaps yell a few choice words in their direction!

This is a reaction.

The immediate, instinctive thought or action upon stimulus, whether positive or negative. In negative situations, I will most often react immediately without consideration for the result of my actions.

Someone made a joke at my expense a while back. Instead of immediately reacting by insulting them or lashing out, I took a second to think about what I was going to do next. Sure, it would be easy to turn the joke on them and try to make them look like a fool, but what good would that accomplish? I chose to laugh the joke off and run with their joke to establish that I wasn't going to react and let emotion get the best of me.

This is a response.

I'm faced with this choice everyday. Sometimes I fail. But when I succeed, I find that what could have been a bike with no brakes heading downhill fast becomes a positive situation without residual offense.

Today, I choose to respond thoughtfully instead of reacting instinctively.

Addiction begins as a supplement for happiness, but soon becomes the main course that never satisfies.

As Valentine’s Day approaches, here’s a throwback to one of the best days of my life…and the best photobomb ever.

I heard the best way to start blogging is to start…here we go!

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