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Running Out of Time Pt 2: Time to Call an Audible

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For a few of us change is fantastic–a new challenge. For the rest of us, we dread it like a pet on the way to the vet. They sense that something’s about to go down before they even see the cage.  That sweet little family member can turn into the exorcist before it’s over.

People can be the same way.

Last weeks post, Running  Out of Time: Before You Ask, The Answer is No,” reviewed  the subject of taking control of your life by telling people no. I’ve been telling people no like a two-year old this year. But beware–big changes must take place after you begin saying no.

Time to Take a Risk!

We go through life running the plays that repeatedly appear to work for us.  But there are times when a quick change must be made–an audible must be called.

Per Coach Cecil Mitchell of the Carolina Heat, the audible is a strategy used in football to get the offense out of a bad situation. When the quarterback (QB) sees the defense loading up to take away a certain play he can call an audible to change to another play. So if they are going to run the ball the QB may change to a pass or vice versa. In order to call a proper audible the QB has to know how to read a defense and have a good understanding of the playbook.

So what that means for us is that we really need to check out the scenario and quickly pick an option that will BEST get us to a desired end–one that we wouldn’t ordinarily choose.  We have to be ready to risk it all.


In order to step forward, you have to destroy your last step.  If you don’t, you’ll always give yourself an option to return to an old way. -Christian Winters

A Biblical Perspective on Risk

In “Moving on a Maybe,” Pastor Edgar Alvarez of the Gibeon Church International delivered a powerful message on the topic of risk.  In his message (based on I Sam 13:20-14:6-10), he argued that we suffer from ‘risk-safety syndrome’ and need to be prepared to take risks.  Although we should wait on God, there will be times where we don’t have to wait for everything to line up and be perfect to move.  When action needs to take place immediately and there is no sign, you may have to make a faith move that provokes a sign. He also stated that for fear of making a POOR choice, we make NO choice.  That’s where we get stuck.

The Shawshank Perspective on Risk

In Shawshank Redemption, the main characters, prisoners Andy (Tim Robbins) and Red (Morgan Freeman) conversed about what it would be like on the outside. Andy was the optimist and Red was the pessimist. Red had been in jail most of his life and was the man who could ‘get things.’ He felt institutionalized and that he would be a nobody outside of prison. Andy believed in hope and dreams. This powerful clip details an important choice to be made:


Although this scene depicts two prisoners that have a small likelihood of experiencing freedom, this is where most of the free world gets stuck. We get comfortable and will settle for safety than take a risk and brave something new.

Towards the end of the movie, Red did get released and had to revisit his words about living on the outside. He goes through the same routine, job and woes as all of the former prisoners in the half-way house.The following clip details Reds decision to follow the status quo or call an audible:


In life you have two choices: Get busy living or get busy dying. -Andy Dufresne, Shawshank Redemption

Next steps

It is my hope that you have begun assessing the areas where an audible needs to be called in your life.  Do not  allow fear to paralyze you into not making a choice.  Make a choice to WIN!

You now need to put a plan together. What is your passion? What makes you most happy? What makes you most angry? These key questions will get you started towards planning your next steps.

Two good books that can help you deal with your purpose and change respectively are The Path by Laurie Beth Jones and Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson.  I recommend The Path because the author in a simplistic and meaningful approach, walks you step by step on creating mission and vision statements.  Who Moved My Cheese is also simplistic in nature and uses a story to demonstrate how to deal with constant change.

Let’s Keep Going!

Join me next week for Part 3 of this series: Planning My Work and Working My Plan!


 In the meantime, let’s have a discussion regarding the points expressed in this post and the series.  What stuck out to you?  Where have you struggled?  Where have you gained victory? Post your comments now and we can begin!



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  1. Keisha Broomes

    This is a great post. It really made me think about things in my life. The hard part is, what I really love to do (dance, write), I can’t do all the time. Or, at least, I haven’t yet figured out how to do it all the time. :-)

    1. Nichole Renee

      Keisha, so glad that you were inspired! Be encouraged in regards to the dancing and writing. We figure out how to do the things that we want to do. Let your requests be known to God. That’s what enjoy about this blog. It allows me to take some baby steps towards some dreams that I have. I know you have little ones, but if its in yiur destiny it will happen. In the meantime, check out the Who Moved My Cheese book. Its very helpful (check out the comment from Christy) You may want to consider getting a life coach. I will touch on that in my next post. What are your thoughts!

  2. Christina Kealey

    Hi Nichole! I appreciate you looking at this from a variety of perspectives. Your clips of “Shawshank” are some of my favorites from that movie…

    “Who Moved my Cheese?” influenced me greatly about 12 years ago when I decided to take a huge leap of faith and leave my teaching career. I doubted that move a lot, but I am now so much closer to what I feel like I have been called to do. And yet, every time I need to make another move to get closer to that goal, I start to have little panics. This moving thing is hard!

    1. Nichole Renee

      Christy, the moving thing is always hard but something that needs to be done. I love the “panic” part. It keeps us on our A game. Your energy and enthusiasm have always inspired me to do better at my job. I am excited for you with your new position and can’t wait to see what comes down the pike for you!

  3. Donetta A McQueen

    Nichole I am loving the posts. Love the timing because it is like getting confirmation and encouragement regarding my recent choices and decisions. Thanks and keep them coming.

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