“Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.”
There was me, sprinting. There was me, feeling a strong energy with each step that hit the pavement. And when I turned around, there she was, moving consistently at a pace that I could grimace at. Suddenly, I felt an urge to stop running and give up, as I do with many things, I’ve noticed. In my mind, it came so naturally. Who cares if you give yourself a break and, plus, no one’s watching, I thought to myself. I started to walk towards the end of the block, assuming she’d follow. But she didn’t. She kept moving, head down, gray jean shorts visibly paired with white tennis shoes. We went another 100 meters and her consistency remained, to my surprise. Soon, the only thing I’d catch was a glimpse of her silhouette.
As I began to adopt her jogging style, I had a few minutes to think. The first thing I realized were the benefits of this new speed: I was enjoying the little things – the colours of my neighbours’ gardens, the scent of freshly cut grass, and the laughter of children playing games minus any real rules. I ended up covering almost 3 times the distance I’d normally cover in a mix of walking and jogging.
The concept of enjoying the journey to the top is one I’ve read of often, now I have a better understanding of what that means on a practical level. I started to see what I’ve been missing all this time: determination. I would take up a new project, toy around with the idea, lose interest, and move on without realizing how irresponsible my actions have been. She, however, never seems to experience the same dilemma with her commitments.
What this mirror reflection has led me to see is the why for goals. It takes more than weak promises to get from here to there. For a while I didn’t understand what defines “hard” work but I’m starting to see with greater clarity. Luckily, I have one swanky notebook for my most recent goals, reflections, and thoughts and three vivid pens for beautiful words to come.
PS: In terms of goal-setting, Lululemon has a simple template to work from with the following suggestions:
- Three categories: Career, Health, and Personal
- SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely
* Note, the Lululemon worksheet spans over a period of ten years but I’ve decided to start by writing today’s date and a SMART goal for each category. Either a) all three goals will be fulfilled at the same time and I can simply flip the page and jot down three new SMART goals or b) a fresh page (2 sides) is required for each category to jot down dates and new SMART goals.
What are your thoughts on adopting a new speed to get further in life?