156. Most Valuable

One of the most exciting things that has happened to Houston, Texas occurred Thursday night. If you're not a Houston fan -- or a football/sports fan in general -- then you really won't care about parts of this post. However, if you're a fan of life and the blessings of it, then I hope you'll be able to take a bit of encouragement and value from it. 

Speaking of value, allow me to start with the reason why I'm still reeling with excitement. During the 2017 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans selected Deshaun Watson, the National Champtionship winning QB from Clemson, as their number 12 pick in the first round.

What's so interesting about this is that about 3-4 months ago, I wrote about how Clemson's amazing victory inspired my writing slump. I was feeling sluggish that day, nothing seemed to be flowing out, and to witness someone push hard, focus, and claim victory, gave me the motivation to find my own.

However, I need to say why I'm excited about Deshaun Watson's selection. No, he hasn't played a game yet. And no, he hasn't made any significant contributions to the professional organization. The excitement comes from the fact that he's proven in the past to be a valuable, stand-up guy who makes you want to root for him.

Maybe I'm just over-inflating things right now because I'm blinded by my own hopes of what the Houston organization can accomplish with the right team. But, sometimes all it takes is one piece that has been missing from a puzzle to completely change the dynamic of a team or organization.

One of the biggest takeaways I received from the draft -- besides the fact that the Texans have finally selected a pick that makes total sense -- is the fact that it is possible to be a solution. I didn't say that it's important to find a solution. We all know how solving problems can be valuable. However, it's an entirely different story when you ARE the solution. 

When your presence alone can shift the atmosphere, you are a solution. When you make the team better just by showing up, you are a solution. When a smile, laugh, hug, or friendliness makes others want to work with and for you, you are a solution.

When people know that your involvement means that a project will get done and get done right, you are a solution. When individuals and companies seek your brand over others because of the relationships you've built, you are a solution. 

Again, I'm not insinuating that Deshaun Watson will come into a Houston Texans organization and upon touching the ball, the heavens will open up and pour us out a championship. What I'm saying is that when you prove to be valuable in other aspects of life, people tend to gravitate towards those who create solutions instead of problems. 

Whatever you do today, figure out how to be a solution. Be valuable in every aspect of your life. This requires selflessness, a giving spirit, a success-oriented mindset, and a heart that desires to uplift others.