It takes a long time
In the middle of my workout this morning, I was deep into a squat-to-press and I felt my muscles respond in a new way. This was surprising because I’ve been doing this without twice per week for about six months. I’m getting really good at it, I’m significantly stronger. But today it’s almost like the exercise clicked for me. The exercise seemed to slow down, I had additional focus, and I felt the muscles working more acutely than ever before.
Why did I feel this new level of accomplishment?
Getting really good at something takes a really long time. I know, obvious. But do you need that reminder? I did. Are you expecting quick results? Are you putting in the time? Are you spinning your wheels? Are you being challenged? Things worth having take a lot time to develop. Do not be discouraged. In fact, take pride in the fact that we are always learning new things, achieving new levels of mastery in all our pursuits. Do the work. Earn the sweat equity.
Sadly they is another side of the coin. While it is true that it takes a long time to build up a good thing, it takes a very short amount of time to destroy a prized possession. The reputation that is lost with one moral failure. The job site that has one mistake and now profits for the day are shot. One day of a short fuse with your children and they see Dad lose control. No back up of the family computer, it crashes and all your family photos are gone. A life time of health and fitness, a couple years off and now everything is more difficult and you’ve added 20 pounds. We work so hard and then it all can be lost so quickly.
Build, balance, adjust
It is essential to have a set of goals, both long term and short term. We need to use these goals as a compass for our lives. We need to build up strategic areas of our life and then keep them balanced and always maintained. It takes a lot of work. It’s not all going to move in the positive direction. There will be set backs. In fact if you aren’t failing a few times, you probably aren’t trying hard enough. But that’s where adjustments come in. Make your adjustment and recalibrate toe goals and your game plan.
Here’s the thing I’m feeling after my exercise advancement this morning. I’m wondering what’s next. I’m counting on that experience to spring me upwards and to the right, highly anticipating the next learning moment.