Lip o’ mayo
For seven years I worked with the college ministry at Blackhawk church in Madison, Wisconsin. I was part of the original team that got programing started, which included large group meetings, service projects, small groups, and special trips. On one of the special trips we made a food stop at Subway. I was at a table with my friend Al, a farm kid who one time brought baby goats in for a show-and-tell evening. If you looked at and talked with Al, you’d know you can’t take the farm out of this guy. On this particular lunch break, we were eating sandwiches and as I looked up at Al, I noticed a big glob of mayo on the corner of his lip. Conversation at the table was lively, full of energy but there was moment of silence so as I handed him a napkin I said to Al, “You’ve got mayo…” and I motioned which side it was on. Without stopping his chewing, without cracking a smile, just a quick connection of his eyes to mine, he responded, “I’m not done yet.” It was hilarious! He didn’t take the napkin, he didn’t clear his lip, no one really got the joke because they hadn’t seen the mayo, motioned with the napkin, or were denied the clean-up!
Yesterday I was rolling through my Twitter feed and came across a similar comment from Ben Arment:
Finished the first draft of a novel today. It’s not pretty. But I’m not done.
— Ben Arment (@BenArment) February 10, 2015
As I continue to perfect my craft of writing, I greatly appreciated this mindset of an accomplished writer. Not only did Ben demonstrate the process (first draft is necessary, don’t try to get to final draft in one shot), but he also demonstrated the mentality a successful writer must have. Excellent writing is a process; we enter the process, give it our best, edit, try again, and keep working and reworking until we get it right. That’s an exercise of the mind as much as it is the actual act of writing.
Exercise in process
In my world, this mentality is critical for successful athletes. And I’m not just talking about marathoners, Ironmen, or century cyclists. Many of my clients are with me to lose weight. My job is to constantly push them to their best, then challenge them to best their best. They need to have the mentality that “I’m not done yet.” It took them years of practice as they developed a less-than-desirable lifestyle and it may take them years of practice to develop a healthy and active lifestyle.
One thing I know about you
One thing I know about you: you’re not done yet. You have goals, some big and some small, some short term and some long term. Either you’re working on them or your not. Often it is easier to accomplish these goals with a coach. If I can be of service, you know how to get in touch. But you’re not done yet. What’s next?