Keep Pushing for The Bamboo Tree
Track and field can be a tough sport. Here is the nature of the sport and training schedule (with the exclusion of those representing their countries overseas or those injured):
Second week of June: nationals
rest of June-July: rest
The reality is the majority of that year is training. Hard. Painful. Training. All for a spot on the podium either at conference or at Nationals in Eugene, Oregon, Des Moines, IA or Austin, TX. It can be hard. The words of motivational speaker, Les Brown, explain this long period of training in a simple story about the nurture and care of a bamboo that takes years to grow. Check out the video below.
It seems so promising. Follow that yellow brick road and you’ll eventually reach the wizard. Keep chasing the rainbow and you’ll eventually reach the pot of gold. However, anyone who has attempted the long journey of success knows it is easier said than done. So what do you do in that long period of just work. Through my own trials and failures, here are my tips for those currently on a journey to a goal that doesn’t come in a day.
Followed Martin Luther King’s words
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
And boy my track season can be a crawl. I cannot count the number of workouts where eventually I stopped caring about impressing my coach and/or teammates with fast interval times. Sometimes, finishing was the greatest accomplishment.
For the big, long term goals, set your marks high.
Don’t just be a good athlete, be the best. Be All-Conference. Be All-American. Be top ranked. Make it to the Olympics. Don’t just start a business. Be the best. Get the largest market share. Don’t just be a doctor. Discover new medical procedures and cures. Follow the quote.
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”
For the daily goals, keep them small.
Sometimes as small as finish the damn workout. Sell one item today. Help one person today. Finish one report today. Write one post today. “Water” that dream/ goal just a little bit each day. I guarantee people who do not share the exact same goal as you (which will be most of your network) will whisper about you and convince you to quit.
Don’t be scared if your goals change along the way.
Your business may have started as shoe store but you somehow find yourself excelling in selling purses. You may have aspired to become a professional athlete but found yourself coaching or mentoring. Your show may have started as comedic but later becomes a platform for others to share their testimonies and causes. If your goal changes along the way, it does not mean that you failed in your original plan. It simply means life took you in another direction. If you don’t fight the change, usually the results are better than the expected results of your original plan.
Ask for help from the right people and sources
“I’m starting to think this world is just a place for us to learn that we need each other more than we want to admit.”
To be honest, I suck at this particular skill. Partially because my goals of becoming a world class athlete and a world class writer are so unique. I am also incredibly hard headed. However, if I knew how to be a pro-athlete, I would be one already. I need coaches and teammates who are not only knowledgeable of the sport but also believe in me. If I knew how to be a best-selling author, I would be one already. I need advice from legit online forums and to meet face to face with publishers and agents for help. If you knew what was required to win that award, it would have been in your display case already. Do you know who would know about that award? The one who currently has the title.
I never make a major decision without prayer. Some prayers are in-depth involving chapters of bible reading, a thirty minute YouTube video of what I read and some tears. Some prayers involved me laying pants-less on my bed, reaching for the Bible beside my head and opening it to the first page my fingers touched. Regardless, I am fully aware and grateful that there is a higher power orchestrating all of our movements and decisions for a greater purpose far beyond my understanding. I just have to remember that my role is purposeful and so are the dreams placed in my heart. I run for God. I write for God. It may not be in the format that others approve, but it is my journey not theirs.
In my deepest, darkest moments, what really got me through was a prayer. Sometimes my prayer was ‘Help me.’ Sometimes a prayer was ‘Thank you.’ What I’ve discovered is that intimate connection and communication with my creator will always get me through because I know my support, my help, is just a prayer away.