Life is so funny... People with curly hair want straight hair, those with straight want curly.Girls with big calves want slender legs, but hard gainers long for lean muscle mass... Skinny people don't exercise, overweight people run marathons... Who are you? What do you want to do?
Last week I felt like I had fallen in the water and was drowning... barely able to keep my head above water. Overwhelmed by this life... one that I wanted... one that I created. I thought I knew who I was & where I was going, but just couldn't seem to swim fast enough.
Jump forward a week and I feel like I finally climbed out of the pool. But I haven't left the resort yet. I decided to get up on the diving board. But I can't decide if I'm jumping in. There just seem to be too many unknowns. Hot? Cold? Deep/Shallow? Will I jump high/far enough? Will I look silly? Will I get hurt? Is it going to be fun? Will people judge me? Will I be the best?
Don't we all feel like this from time to time. We let what we can't do interfere with what we can. We seek excuses to rest on our potential instead of taking action to be potent! Don't de-value your strengths by dwelling on your weaknesses. Be YOU ... and be GOOD at it, but don't forget the map. That potency needs a path. "I want you to be everything that's you, deep at the center of your being." Sounds like Dr. Suess... but no - its Confucius.
It's amazing that it took a 9-year-old to help me jump in...
Cinch, my son, asked to join me for my evening run. He has a short attention span (I can't imagine where he inherited that from) and so I wasn't super fired up to have him join me. Typically my runs are my "me-time" where I go and think or not-think and just let it all out. Shut out phone calls, texts, basically all responsibilities for a short period of time. But I always want to support and encourage any fitness/health endeavors that I can... so I excitedly took off down the road with him. A short way into the run, Cinch got the dreaded-make-you-want-to-never-run-again SIDE STITCH! I tried to encourage him to run it out. Slow your breathing down, relax and run through it. At the turn around point we took a short break and then began the journey home. He really wanted to quit. So I decided to play on his competitive spirit to keep him going.
I asked him if he knew what a Relay Race was. He said not really and asked me to explain. So I went through each leg of the race: from the starter to the middle legs to the finisher. I detailed how important the lead off man was - he got the race off to a good start, put the team in the lead, and set the pace for the entire race. The 2nd and 3rd legs I explained, weren't as glamorous but were equally important. They had to have a tuff mentality to maintain the lead that had been set or make gains and keep others racers from catching up. The fourth leg, now that's where all the excitement is. The 4th leg runner has all the pressure to finish the race strong, either to keep up the lead and cross the finish line ahead or to catch up and win the race for the team. After a lengthy description I asked Cinch which leg of the team he wanted to be... Slightly out-of-breath, but without missing a beat he answered, "The 4th Leg".
You see, that's Cinch. He knows who he is and what he wants to. He's the person that wants to ball in his hands when the game is on the line. He doesn't want to win because there was no competition. He wants to prove that he is the best. He pushed harder that last half of the run and finished with a sprint... with determination. He knew where he was going.
Where are you going? What do you want to do?
It's time to jump in... take a risk... don't be afraid to put it all on the line. Don't look back. Don't second guess. MOVE!
Do you want to be:
Then it's time to decide...Who are you? Where are you going? What do you want to do? Then MOVE!!!!
Turn your potential into potency.
"I want you to be everything that's you, deep at the center of your being." ~Confucius.