Everyone’s path to the stage they were meant to stand on is different.
My wife and I love watching “The Voice” together. The collection of talent is impressive, but the stories behind those voices capture my attention just as much.
The path that seems logical would be someone graduating from a fancy school of music, signed to an album contract of epic proportions, off to big stages, with big lights and huge audiences...overnight.
That just isn’t the norm. Nor does it reveal some of the most talented voices we’ve ever heard. It doesn’t touch the powerful stories of struggle overcome, craft honed, or relationships built along the way that have helped them get to where they are.
And in as much as we are talking about a singing show, this same thought applies to any other talent you possess. Whatever industry you are in, and opportunity you are working towards, there is a summit that is your calling.
Why am I writing this?
To encourage the person whose path to the summit of their calling has been different than most. To the person that has had to dodge falling boulders, slippery footing, and the weather conditions of frustration of not yet being at their summit.
But to that same person, there is something taking place that is preparing you to reach your summit. You've had experiences others can’t compete with. The jagged edges you've clung to, swung from, and leapt from, that helped you overcome a challenge that "the smooth and predictable path" your competition is on can't compete with. Because your path has allowed you to see sunrises and sunsets from a different point of view, you have a perspective you can teach from that others can’t. You understand how to leverage the sweat of hard work most quit because of, and you'll turn it into the dream you've always imagined.
How do I know?
That is my path, too.
What would you name your show?
I see you. Others see you. The lives of those you’ve impacted see you.
Just because a judge doesn’t turn their chair, a search committee doesn’t return an email, or an organization doesn’t bring you in for another interview, doesn’t mean it’s time to lay down and give in.
Your mountain has one summit, go take it.
The last thing you would want is to stop climbing because you are convinced you’ve reached it, only to find out it wasn’t it. What if the peak in front of you isn’t the summit you are called to? That means that you'll hear a "no" that you thought was your dream job, and you need to keep climbing. It wasn't your summit. It wasn't your moment.
I have a verse that keeps my climb on track.
It’s something that I carry with me everywhere I go, 24/7.
“Ponder the rock from which you were cut, the quarry from which you were dug.” Isaiah 51.
To me it says, “Hey Brett, when you remember where you came from, you’ll be able to arrive where you’ve always been called to.”
I know, without a doubt, that the Lord saw fit to give me 3 things that I do well. There are about a million and one things I’m a hot mess trying, but these three things are simply part of my DNA.
To preach. To teach. To coach.
And so this isn’t just some vague inspirational blog post that feels cryptic, I’m going to share with you what’s on my heart today.
I'm going to say my dream in public, for the first time, right now.
I’ve coached soccer for nearly 20 years. My summit, my dream job, is to be the Head Coach of a College Soccer Team. I want my players to be scholar student-athletes in the classroom, win National Championships on the field, and be sought after leaders that know how to build healthy relationships, and create teams of influence in their community.
My journey, my climb, and my mountain is different than most. It’s prepared me to reach that summit…and I’m convinced now more than ever…that I’m a few short paces from that moment. But I have to tell you, that has also meant a lot of applying and not hearing anything. A lot of wishing, waiting, and wondering…only to find out it wasn’t going to happen. A lot of seeing announcements about hires that aren’t you. In fact…try this one on…I’ve never even been called in for an interview for a head coaching position. How’s that for full transparency?
But you know what?
It's going to happen.
I won’t stop applying, casting the vision for why teams I’ve coached over many years have been successful on the field, in the classroom, and in the communities they live in.
I won’t stop because I can’t.
I won't stop because I was made for this.
It’s my mountain.
It's my summit.
And at the end of the day, there can only be one "yes" anyway. So getting some "No thank you's" out of the way now is getting me ready to meet the University where my family is meant to be.
And although my path may be different, what I’ve learned along the way has prepared me to reach the summit. The summit of the perfect coaching job fit, that will allow me to chase my dream of watching my student-athletes hold a national championship trophy over their heads.
So today, I’m climbing.
If the phone doesn’t ring, I’ll keep climbing. If the interview doesn’t come, I’ll keep climbing. If the offer doesn’t happen, I’ll keep climbing.
Because I know my calling, I’ll keep climbing.
Even when I can’t see the outcome, because the fog of the unknown is heavy. Even when the rains of waiting are driving into my face so hard it feels like a million needles. Even when the temperature swings from sweltering heat of frustration to the unbearable cold of not hearing back. Even when sitting down and listing all the reasons why it won’t come to pass seems like a better idea than lacing my shoes up…and climbing in the direction of my summit...my calling.
What about you?
Your commitment to it.
Not sure you can continue?
Just when you think, when we think, we should quit...I want you to think about this:
As much as we are climbing for our dream, that’s not the whole story.
We are climbing for the impact it will have on those who are on this journey with us, around us, and can see us from miles and miles away.
The climb to our calling, is the inspiration someone will draw to tackle theirs.
And that is the greatest gift of all.
Climbing with a purpose greater than just reaching a summit we want to see. Climbing with a purpose that inspires others to overcome the doubt and fear to experience theirs.
Keep climbing today, my friend.
Someone you haven’t met yet needs the results that will come from it.
When our summit becomes someone else’s victory, that’s a beautiful thing.
That’s a heart to serve.
That’s the heart we were always created with, and given to share from.
Enjoy the journey.
It’ll make sense soon enough.
I am a dreamer.
Both in seeing possibilities in any situation, and also at night.
Last night I had a dream that felt so vivid, it took me a bit to shake off when I woke up. Have you ever been there?
I couldn't figure out why in the world I would have had the dream. It seemed so random, and made me think I was just over-tired.
And then it all started to make sense, in a symbolic way.
I don't know if I've ever done this, but I'm going to share what the dream was, and what came to me after the fact.
We have a huge hedge line at one side of our property. We also have a few trees. They are all pretty special. One was a gift from my mother-in-law, one a gift to my wife from the kids and I, and another that our kids climb in, swing from, and our hammock hangs on.
I came outside to see chains wrapped around the base of the hedge line, and a large red truck pulling them out by their roots. Now, this might not seem odd when you first hear it. However...it is when you hadn't hired anyone to do it...and someone just pulled on to your property and started ripping them out.
I walked further out onto the lawn, and as I glanced to the right, two men were walking towards me dragging the tree that my mother-in-law had given us. It's a large tree, probably 30 feet in the air, and a trunk sturdy enough to climb if you were a kid. They had cut it at the base, and were hauling it away.
And then came the small sapling of a tree that our kids and I bought for my wife, on mother's day. It's an adorable white magnolia that stands only 4 feet tall so far. It's tiny. But it, too, was cut at the base.
I spent the next several minutes in the dream trying to sort out why this had been done. I confronted the men working, and none of them seemed to care too much, or offer an explanation that made much sense.
After finally getting an explanation that didn't offer any real answers that made sense, I began to wake from the dream. As I was coming to, I realized one more thing was happening as I did.
Drifting in and out of being awake, still in the dream, I was laying on my side weeping, holding the small white magnolia tree that had been cut down...that we gifted to Cara. My arms were wrapped around it, as I lay there trying to make sense of why someone would do such a thing with tears rolling down my face.
I started my day. But the dream kept popping into my mind like I was supposed to do something with it. Like it was begging to be understood. Like there was a lesson in it.
And within the hour it started to come into focus.
1. There are times in our life when something needs to be pruned. We've tossed around the idea of removing the hedge line on our property because it requires a ton of maintenance, and seems to have issues staying healthy after the winters. It's hard to keep up with, and generally causes more issues than the time spent on it is worth. It looks great once in a while, but generally is a beast to manage. Huge prickers constantly pop out of it, and snag your clothes if you walk too close to it. Vines choke out the one end, and a few random weed trees have started to sprout from it, that need to be removed.
*Do we complain about the circumstances that need "pruning" in our lives, or actually do something about them?
2. There are times in our life when something is taken from us that we have absolutely no control over. One day it's there, the next it's gone. It is beautiful to look at, think about, and reminds us of the love we've been given in relationship. And then...with no explanation it's vanished.
*Are we honoring the relationships in our lives with every ounce of what we can bring to them, or taking them for granted like they'll always be there? Not being dramatic...just realistic. Can we be a better friend? A better family member? A better community member?
3. There are times when we need to put things in proper perspective. We need to understand the frailty of life. We need to focus on the things that are precious to us, instead of wasting out time, energy, and resources on the things that frustrate us.
*Are we focusing on the most important things, or running in circles preoccupied with urgencies that aren't really emergencies?
We have windows out both sides of our home. Many of them focus on that hedge line. The ones on the other sides focus on the gifts given to, and received from.
The view we have in life depends on where we stand.
The perspective we focus on is a choice.
I'm wondering today...
I'm reflecting today...
What needs to be pruned, and cut away in my life?
What needs more of my attention, and a posture of appreciation?
All that from a restless dream.
I hope somewhere in it is a seed of hope for you. I hope your own personal wonder and reflection reminds you of who, and what truly matters the most to you.
Life is fragile.
Life is shorter than we'd ever imagine.
Life is also a beautiful gift.
When we see what is right in front of us, everything else comes into focus.
-Prune with a purpose.
-Pour into the hearts and lives you've been blessed to do life with.
-Plant a seed of hope in someone else's life.
I hope in some small way I've been able to do that for you.
Look at the first picture I shared today, at the beginning of the blog. You'll see my story in it when you look closer. You'll see the vibrancy of the flowers on the tree my mother-in-law gave us. Beyond it in the blur is the small magnolia tree for my wife, the hammock, the climbing tree, the swing set for the kids...the reminders to me of who matters most. The reminders to me of what matters most.
Today, I'll look at the windows that face the view of the last picture I'm sharing...where everything in it has a clear focus to it.
Today, a restless dream helped this picture come into a deeper, clearer focus in my life. What might come into focus for you after hearing it?
And that hedge line? It will get the pruning that is long overdue. I'll be thinking of you, as you find what needs pruning, too. Lord knows we all have something. Figuratively, and literally.
Three letters can say quite a lot.
Depending on how they are arranged, they say something different.
Shared one after the other they are incredibly significant.
How we say something is as important as what we say.
When we know who we are, we will know what to do.
Let's think about this in the context of team.
Should we win at all costs, or for a cause? At all costs might help us achieve the win, but we'd be sacrificing something too valuable along the way. Honor. When we tackle a task as a team, for a cause, we are doing it for something bigger than ourselves. We can start to get a glimpse of what it means to be there for one another.
I recently read a book this summer that talked about the greatest qualities in a captain. One of the characteristics they lauded was winning at all costs. To push the boundaries. The examples they gave, and began to explain away as acceptable because it was within the boundary of sport, shocked me.
And I'm afraid that is the world we are living in. It's the world we are raising our kids in. It's the world that says it's ok to taunt, trash-talk, and berate an opponent. After all, we are only "getting in their head". What we miss is that we are also getting in their heart. We are showing them that HOW we say something, and what we say matters not, as long as we win.
We are living in a time when WHO we are in sport is separated from WHO we are in "real life". I'm afraid for a generation who thinks this is normal, healthy, and ok. My heart breaks as they will grow into adulthood thinking that winning at all costs makes them a champion because they "gave all they had".
In the process they will have given away something more important.
I haven't held a medal, trophy, patch, or plaque that is worth that.
And if we continue to make excuses for behavior like this in sport, what's to stop it from being repeated in academics, vocation, and relationships?
If excuses for behavior like this becomes our currency, we'll have raised a generation that experiences emotional bankruptcy.
Part of this journey is teaching the next generation that we value accountability. We value honor. We value service. We value stepping in and sacrificing our preference for the good of the team. We value standing up for ideals, and for those who can't. We value hard work, no excuses, and pushing through tough times.
I've coached for nearly 20 years.
There has never been a greater need for our generation...the parents...to stand shoulder to shoulder and raise the bar. It's one that must be lifted higher. And in order to do that across the board, it will be heavier. It's one that can, should, and will be done...if it's done together.
To be clear, I'm not being cryptic about any one situation I've experienced as a coach. I'm not writing today based on my current coaching position. I'm writing this because it's been on my heart for a long time. I'm writing this because something deep in my heart senses that this whole thing might be getting away from us more than we care to admit.
We look the other way far too often. We pretend like our kid(s) couldn't possibly be involved, or part of a problem. We have forgotten that we too were once kids. We too needed direction, guidance, and yes...discipline.
I can sum up the greatest need our children have in one word:
I can sum up how we as parents should see our next steps in one word:
To hold our ground. To teach from our failures. To instill honor. To model service. To live humbly. To demand respect for their elders. To teach them to make eye contact when speaking. To teach them to say please and thank you. To listen. To hold doors. To go last, letting everyone else receive before we take. To arrive early. To put in an honest days work. To sweat for something we believe in. To stand tall in the face of criticism that's unwarranted. To believe the best in people. To be consistent in our effort. To admit when we are wrong. To take ownership of our shortcomings.
The list could go on. It should go on. And at the end of the day, it should spur us on. To live a life that honors others above ourselves. To admit that how we say things is as important as what we say.
And when it's all said and done, if we look around and see a generation of disrespect growing, we need to own that it's coming from seeds we've planted.
Put another way...
We put the entitlement papers on their desk to sign with our approach.
I think it's time we rescinded that offer.
I think it's time we do better.
If you already are, I applaud you, and look forward to learning from you.
In the meantime, I'll be using what platform I have as a coach to teach as many things off the list above to every group I have the honor to coach. Once in a while I'll run into a person here or there that thinks I'm too optimistic and idealistic. Forgive me if that not only doesn't bother me, but rather inspires me.
I'm staying the course.
I'm taking the opportunity to hold my ground and teach accountability.
If I can help one more student-athlete to discover WHO they are, and help them to unleash their God-given potential?
That's the win I'm after.
This is why I coach.
If you feel frustration where you are, cast a vision for where you are going. Not everyone will buy in. Not everyone was meant to. That's ok.
I was going to tweet that thought just now...then I paused.
I felt like it needed to be unpacked a little bit.
Here is the heart behind it:
There are times when there is a resistance to something we feel passionate about. Instead of seeing that as the reason to stop, it just might be the time to see it as a confirmation that we need to press on.
Here's the thing...think about any time in history when something happened that was full of significance. Most every one of them came with a healthy dose of resistance.
Breakthroughs require pushback.
New ideas will be met with naysayers and doubters.
Change that excites you makes others uncomfortable.
Pushback, naysayers, doubters, and the general feeling of being uncomfortable can be filed in one drawer in your journey to accomplishing your goals...
I say file, because I like to keep all of it around to refer to from time to time. I like to see what people said I couldn't accomplish once I did. Not to bring it back up and throw it in anyone's face...that's arrogance. I save it there so that the next time I am tackling something I have a reminder. I let my past encourage my future.
Where are you today?
Can you relate?
Do you feel frustration where you are at? Perhaps there is a distraction(s) that is creating the weight of that frustration. That weight is lifted when we start moving forward and casting our vision onward.
And, yes, it's true. Not everyone is going to feel the way you do. Not everyone is as passionate about what moves you. Bill Hybels calls it your "firestorm of frustration". Taking the one thing you can't stand to see stay the way it is, and creating change. Create better. Create a future that reflects the joy in your heart of what it would look like to see the task accomplished.
Steven Furtick once said, and I paraphrase, "Don't rush to the door to beg someone to stay, get there first to hold it open so they will leave faster." If someone doesn't want to be there, stop begging them to stay.
There is a phrase I use that I share with any team I work with.
At first it can seem direct, maybe even harsh. But it's just the truth.
For you. For me. For all of us.
We are invited, not needed.
Today...take a deep breath. Look around. Are you reacting to your current circumstances, or responding to your opportunity?
Amidst your current frustration, cast your vision.
Be ok when someone walks away.
Once that dust settles, now you can really get down to the business of going and growing. You've got the team around you that believes in you.
The first invitation you must accept is the one to yourself.
That your idea matters.
That your heart is full for a reason.
That your vision has meaning and a purpose.
Once you accept that invite, let the pursuit begin.
We can't wait to see where it takes you.
And so that you don't feel like you are in this alone?
I'm heading out on a new journey of my own right now, too.
We'll talk more about that another day.
Today is about shifting our perspective from seeing our current challenge as paralyzing frustration, to the moment in time when everything changes.
A watershed moment.
A moment when we embrace our calling, and start casting its vision.
Look at the picture I shared in this post today.
It looks a lot like our future.
While everyone else is getting run over by them, jump the wave. You'll be a little closer to your goal every time you do.
The wave is symbolic of your next challenge. It's excuses. It's pushback. It's doubters. It's naysayers. It's the change others don't want any part of. It's your chance to put them all behind you.
Bend your knees.
Take a deep breath.
I can't wait to see where the journey takes you!
And when it gets hard along the way?
Turn your frustration into your fuel.
The "mountain" in front of you.
No matter what you try, you can't seem to move it.
Maybe that's not the problem, though.
What if the problem is how you see the mountain?
What if the mountain was never meant to be moved?
What if the mountain wasn't an obstacle in your way, but something that needs to make you stronger as you navigate it along the way?
What if the mountain was meant to be climbed instead of moved?
What if a change in perspective is all you need to make progress?
A little bit of "what if?" might just be the ticket.
It's better than walking away from the challenge you were always meant to climb, missing the opportunity you were always meant to have.
Shift your perspective.
Up and over, not game over.
Have you ever found yourself stuck as a leader?
You see your people staring at challenges, and they are struggling to solve them. You know it's your job to lead them through this, but truth be told, it can all feel overwhelming.
You start to think "Wouldn't it just be easier to do it myself?" "Why don't I just tell them the answer." "When I tell them what to do, I AM helping them." Sound familiar? That approach might work for the short-term. But at some point, your people need to be able to solve problems on their own.
If the whole thing depends on us, then it will always be about us. That kind of leadership is not only NOT inspiring, it's limiting. If the ceiling of our team's potential is determined by how far our arms can reach personally, we are holding our people back from reaching their full potential.
But there's good news. It's short, sweet, and to the point. When applied consistently, over time, it holds the power to be an absolute game-changer for your team.
It's simply this...
Solving starts with serving.
Not the going to soup kitchen's and pet shelters kind of serving. That's great, and has it's place. This is the pouring-into the team of people you are leading kind of serving. It's getting out of our team's way as a limiting factor, so they can step up and solve.
The challenge we are facing is to teach, not preach. To equip, not do for.
This happens when we value the perspective that comes from getting the attention off of ourselves as leaders. It equips our team to make better decisions.
Let's talk practical application:
Circumstances can feel stressful, and situations overwhelming. We've established that.
How do we equip our people to solve the problems that comes with those feelings?
We need a process for our progress.
It's one that starts conversationally, and built relationally...consistently...over time.
4 Questions That Will Change How You Lead.
These questions apply to us as individuals, teams, organizations, and families.
The more we talk about them, the more value will be placed on them.
Great, but how does that help our people learn how to solve problems?
Use the 4 questions as a compass. When your people run whatever they are facing through this process, they have something consistent to base their responses on. They won't be making choices based on random opinions and preferences. They will be gaining momentum as they make them based on your vision.
Why is this so important?
You may be facing similar challenges as other individuals, teams, organizations, and families. BUT...you can't solve those problems based on who someone else is. The group of people at the company down the street has a completely different reason why they exist. The person who parents differently than you likely has core values that are different as well. Not necessarily right or wrong, just different. But to be the leader of your people, you need to be you...not someone else.
Starting conversations with these 4 questions, consistently over time, will help you make better decisions. And more than that, it will equip your team to do the same, not needing you to do all the heavy lifting. That makes you a leader of influence, impact, and intent.
That's a leader your people will love to follow.
As a boss.
As a coach.
As a manager.
As a parent.
And as a bonus?
That's the kind of leadership that leaves a legacy you'll be proud of.
Get out in front of your fear.
It doesn't have the legs to keep up with you. That's because your energy comes from your calling. It's a resource fear can't drop it's bucket into, because it wasn't given the keys to that well. Fear's only hope is that you won't move. All it can do is stand there, stare at you, and convince you that it's tougher than you. Fear hopes your knees will buckle under the weight of it's presence, even though it's existence is filled with empty promises. It can't stop you. Only your giving in to it can.
Show fear the truth.
Get out in front of it, and leave it on it's knees behind you. Leave it defeated by the resilience of your preparation. Leave it dismayed by the persistence found in your passion. Leave it disillusioned by the fact that you stepped forward into your calling.
Your first step forward might feel more like a crawl, and that's fine. Eventually you will walk, then start to jog, and finally...burst into a full-fledged run, in the direction you were always meant to go. The same direction that fear thought it could keep you from.
And if at the end of this blog post, and your day, you are still wrestling with the first step?
When we start to see our #calling for the positive difference it can make in someone else's life, we'll find energy that we didn't know we had.
Get out in front of your fear.
There is someone out there that needs you, and the talent only you have, to meet the need that helps them overcome their fear.
Your calling isn't a burden to walk with, it's a gift to lead from.
When we don't move, we refuse to let other people connect with the gifts we bring through our talents, so they can receive the blessing that comes from them.
No...that isn't arrogance. Fear would say it was. I'm here to remind you that your talents are a blessing to others. Don't ever apologize for leveraging them to make someone else's life better. But don't ever sit on them, refuse to share them, and tell me it's because you are afraid you might fail. I've done that in my own life, and it doesn't end well.
Perspective says that the only potential failure on the table is our refusing to step into our calling, and not be someone else's blessing.
Run with perseverance the race marked out for you (Hebrews 12:1), and remember..."that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish it's work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." (James 1:3-4)
That is how you look fear in the face...
The behavior problems we are seeing come from the inability to communicate the words they are feeling.
This is true in every facet of our player's lives.
As a coach I talk about the 3 most common areas that I see it.
On the field.
In the classroom.
In the community.
If we can teach them how to see it and say it, they will be able to overcome it.
Their ability to act differently comes from their awareness and articulation of the situation.
How about an example?
Let's say you are struggling to gain buy-in from your team as you lay the foundation of your vision. It starts with an understanding of what your individual players are seeing.
Hand them an index card, and a pen. Ask them to write down the top 3 issues facing your team. The obstacles they feel are in the way of progress. A few things are happening when you do this. Immediately they feel heard. They feel safe to think independently. They are opening up. They are pausing, so they can start to process what they are feeling. Once those words come to life on the card, they've taken the first step towards the actions you want to see.
The next step is having them share what they've written with the team. Whether it's you reading them, or each player, get the responses out in the open. Momentum builds as many of them will share the same responses. They will start to see how similar they are. The isolation some of them were feeling becomes a common ground that you, as their coach, can start building on.
At this point they have started to see it and say it.
Now you have a captive audience to help them overcome it.
This is when you share your vision. This is where you talk about your core values. This is where you tell them that every one of those obstacles can and will be overcome. All of this happens when individual opinion is sacrificed to the overall vision.
Take one obstacle at a time, and apply your vision and values to it. Show them how your foundation is strong enough to lift the temporary weight of the frustration they are carrying. When they start to see how you consistently return to your vision and values as your compass, they will see the value in following you.
Does it mean the process will always be neat, easy, and clear? No. There will be good days, and bad days. But every day lived in consistency, is a day closer to the buy-in you've been wanting.
Help them see it.
Let them say it.
Watch them overcome it.
As they buy-in to your vision because of it.
That's how a culture of success grows.
One obstacle cleared at a time.
In one word?
If we truly want to see change, we have to #EmbraceTheStretch.
Winning comes from a place far deeper than simply making the choice to play a game.
A head-level decision must be met with a heart-level commitment.
That consistency, over time, is what separates those who are true competitors from mere players. It's what it means to have the heart of a champion.
I have a friend who has won multiple state championships as a coach. I could spend an entire blog writing about all of his accolades, and those of his staff and student-athletes. It's incredibly impressive.
I ran into him as he was beginning this past season, right after his team lost a game. Something he said in his post-game press meeting really stuck with me. I'll paraphrase his sentiments. It went something like this: "We came to play today, just not compete."
Think about that for a moment.
Anyone can suit up for the game. They can take the field, court, or whatever surface the game is to be played on, and well...play the game. But that only requires a head-level decision. My friend was saying that if his team was to be successful, it would take far more than that. They would need to compete. That...that is a heart-level commitment.
Competing means you give your all no matter what. You find a way to get the job done. Not just game to game. Sometimes it's down to second to second. Reaching deep inside to bring the very best you have to a contest you aren't sure you can win, but will go down fighting with every ounce of what you bring as your try.
I know A LOT of student-athletes who LOVE the idea of winning. But it's doing the hard work of competing that separates the ideation athletes from the implementation champions.
Do you want to improve? Compete.
Do you want your team to be successful? Compete.
Do you want your community to be proud of you? Compete.
And don't stop once you leave the game. Bring that same vigor to your classwork, and to your community service.
Be the student-athlete that makes a heart-level commitment to their athletics, academics, and community involvement.
That is the heart of a champion!
Don't just enter the field, classroom, or world today.