Going for the Gold
“Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.”
Think of a time when you really worked for something you wanted or when you really wanted to excel and do well? On a particular test? A job interview? A sports competition?
Champion wrestler Dan Gable reminds us that sometimes we emphasize the outward trappings but it’s even more important to focus on the qualities that make these kinds of endeavors successful: the hard work, the determination, the guts.
There’s a hidden lesson here too. Sometimes we want things, and we’re impatient to get them. That is, we don’t just want something; we want it now!
Must be nice, right? And sometimes things work out just that easily.
But sometimes what we forget or don’t give enough credence to is just the hard work, the determination and the guts that serve as the due diligence to where we want to go. Not only was Rome not built in a day, but if our hopes and dreams are really worth it—as of course they are—let’s celebrate not just the end result of their achievement but the process of building successful habits that move us, step by step, mile by mile, to their achievement.
There’s gold out there marking the end of a journey, but each step of that journey has equally as many nuggets to accumulate along the way.
In what one or two ways this week might you find a little more gold as you work toward achieving an outcome? How might you use this as a stepping stone toward habituating more appreciation for the day-to-day things you’re doing right?