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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Franklin delivers hopeful message

  • SENECA — Missouri Tigers quarterback James Franklin, who will begin his senior season this fall, was the keynote speaker during Saturday's Seneca Area Chamber of Commerce annual banquet held at the Seneca High School.
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  • SENECA — Missouri Tigers quarterback James Franklin, who will begin his senior season this fall, was the keynote speaker during Saturday's Seneca Area Chamber of Commerce annual banquet held at the Seneca High School.
    More than 130 people attended the event.
    Franklin spoke about overcoming adversities.
    "Adversity is something that everyone experiences, as I have come to find out, a lot of you in this town have experienced a lot of adversity," he said. "And there is a lot of truth that comes from adversity. How we handle the adversity dictates the outcome. But it is with anything, it is a choice. And it starts with having the right attitude."
    Franklin said that attitude is a choice and it is a difference maker.
    "What is all of the fuss about attitude? Does it really make a difference," he said. "You bet it does. Never underestimate the power of positive attitude. Of facing an opponent of equal ability, the right attitude can give you the edge. Who enjoys everything more, sees more opportunities and lives life with greater enthusiasm, the individual with the best attitude. Truly, attitude is a difference maker. As you examine your attitude, decide what you make it and remember these truths."
    Franklin pointed out four points.
    "Number one, no matter what, your attitude is a choice," he said. "Circumstances may not be of your choosing, but your attitude is all yours. Number two, it is easier to maintain the right attitude than to regain it. Fight to develop a positive attitude and then don't let it slip. Number three, your attitude determines your actions. Your outlook will determine lifestyle outcome more than any single factor. And number four, the people that you lead reflect the attitude you have. If you have any responsibility for others, as a boss, a parent, a volunteer leader, the attitude of your people is a reflection of your own."
    So what is attitude?
    "It is the advancement of true selves. Its roots are inward, but its fruit is outward," he said. "It is our best friend or our worst enemy. It is our most honest and more consistent than our words. It is an outward look based on past experiences. It is a thing that draws people to us or repels them. It is never content until it is expressed. It is a librarian of our past, speaker of our present and a profit of our future. Attitude is a state of mind. So if you change your state of mind, you change your attitude."
    Franklin gave an example of adversity.
    "I was challenged with a lot of physical adversity last year, and mentally as well," he said. "Getting yelled out, not so many nice things by my own Mizzou fans, being told I should be a starter and that I was awful. So what did I do? I approached it with the humorous attitude. People would flip me off and I would just smile and wave."
    Page 2 of 2 - He stated what is your character like and your courage like.
    "As I said earlier, with attitude, courage is a choice and so is character," Franklin said. "A good heart is better than all of the heads in the world. Good character is more to be praised in an outstanding talent. Good character is not given to us. We have to build it piece by piece. Thought by thought, choice-by-choice, courage and determination. And courage is also a choice. We often think of courage as a quality required only in times of great danger or stress. But courage is an everyday virtue."
    Franklin stated that we need courage to seek the truth when we know that it may be painful.
    "We need courage to change when it is easy to remain comfortable…. we need courage to overcome obstacles when progress will come no other way," said Franklin. "We need courage to learn and grow."
    So how does one overcome adversity?
    "Do you take the easy growth or hard growth?" Franklin asked. "Do what you want to become better? Do you want to grow, do you want to become better? Do you want to develop experience, maturity and wisdom? Then make a tough decision and assume responsibility for them. It is easy to take responsibility for something that you do well, it is harder to take responsibility when that goes wrong. It is easy to take responsibility when the stakes are low, it is harder to take responsibility when the stakes are high. It is easy responsibility after a success, it is harder to take a responsibility after failure. Easy decisions can make you a good, taking responsibility for hard decisions can make you look better. And it starts with you. You can't speak what you don't know. You can't share with what you don't feel. You can't translate what you don't understand. You can't transfer what you have not carried. You can't give what you don't possess. You cant lead with what you have not lived."
    Finally, Franklin said to the group they would have to deal with adversity.
    "The rest of your life you are going to deal with adversity," he said. "It is going to be a struggle and it is going to be difficult. So make sure that you are prepared for it. Make sure that you have a plan to execute it. Because after all, failing the plan is planning to fail."

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