United States of Calm

POSTED: 02-17-2017 IN: Uncategorized

Hunters, the country is getting me down. I’m exhausted and stressed out by all the negative energy surrounding our great United States. I’ve been struggling with how to express this to all of you, without politics or motivation, other than bringing us together, united on a common Desired Outcome of calm.

Years ago, each night when I pulled into my driveway, I would sit in my car for a minute and think about how all I wanted was a hot shower and a few minutes to decompress from my day. I knew when I walked in the door, my beloved wife, mother of three boys, was ready to thrust those kids at me so she could have a moment of peace. For a while, it was harder and harder to open that car door because going into the house was never quite what I wanted it to be. So, I sat and thought about what I wanted, what was my DO, and what could I do to achieve it (thumbs in!). Being caught up in my own needs was taking me farther and farther away from my DO: a great evening at home with my family.

Once I got my desired outcome clear, things started changing. When I put the target of success on having a great evening, guess what? I started having great nights. There were smiles and hugs when I got home. Dinner was a pleasure. I eventually got my shower. Things worked out just the way I wanted once I got out of my own way.

I know that is a simplistic example. But why can’t we try putting our desired outcome of a great America in front of our individual desire to be right, no matter which side we are on? What if we all agreed, as hunters and Americans, that our desired outcome, our target is way more important than being right? (And that goes for the media, Congress and even you, President Trump.)

When we put our desired outcomes on the table, we often find our targets are more closely aligned than we imagined. Here’s the thing: we need to stop pretending we know what others want and start asking the questions so that we can deal with facts and ideas rather than guesses and emotions. Together, we can hit our targets and stop the divide. United we rise, divided we fall. Let’s rise!Merica

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