A Good Start is A Good Thing

NFL 2016-PHILADELPHIA EAGLES DEFEAT PITTSBURGH STEELERS 34-3
Philadelphia Eagles rookie quarterback, CARSON WENTZ, completes a pass to Darren Sproles in the first quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers for a first down. WENTZ completed 23 of 31 passes for 301 yards and 2 touchdowns and no turnovers.leading the Eagles to a 34-3 victory. WENTZ is the first rookie in NFL history without an interception in his first 100 pass attempts to begin a career.

 The Philadelphia Eagles are 8-1. The Philadelphia 76ers are 6-4. Who saw this comin’?

First, the Birds. My Eagles are atop the NFC East AND have the best record in the NFL. There’s still a lot of football left, but by golly – an 8-1 start is not too shabby. In fact, is pretty darn good, if not downright scary. This past Sunday they beat the Denver Broncos 51-23 and it wasn’t that close. AND going into the game, Denver had the league’s No. 1 Defense.  Really!

Now for my favorite sons: DA Sixas! Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons have taken the Sixers by storm, and they are on a FIVE GAME winning streak. I just said the 76ers have won five games in a row after starting the season 1-4.  The last time they won five games in a row was 2011. Seriously. 

All of Philly is trying not to overreact or be overconfident or overestimate our chances of . . . well, you know.  But there’s no harm in having high hopes, right?

The moral of the story is this: a good start is a good thing. Yes, you still have to finish, but in God’s Playbook, a good starting point is not a bad thing. So start strong. Start fast. Start with the end in mind.  The goal is always high and lofty and a stretch. That’s why your goals should be just beyond your reach, and your reach should be just short of your grasp. It pushes you forward and pulls you onward above all that you could even ask or think.

So don’t settle for mediocre or middle of the pack or the mean, median or the mode. Your enemy is called average. You can do better than before, and even the rest.

Just get a good start.

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