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The Five Magical Rings

In Junior High I decided to go out for track because my friend was a runner and loved track. When I stopped to cry on the track because I was in pain, the coach made me the team’s trainer.  And that is the sum total of my athletic ability.  (It’s okay, I have other talents. I just hadn’t discovered them in Jr High. Unless you count playing the bassoon.) In spite of my Herculean deficiencies, I love the Olympics.

The Olympics are magical!  Captivated by athletes capable of superhuman feats, we sit anchored on the couch with our mouths open.  Why do we love the Olympics so much? Maybe it’s the competitive spirit, perhaps its our loyalty to our country, but more likely than not, it’s the fact that these people defy the odds.  They hold nothing back. Their tenacity mesmerizes us.  

It’s not that they perform or play or compete fearlessly.  It’s that they do it afraid.  Sheer determination doesn’t allow the fear to stop them.  Passion to fulfill their dreams causes them to be single minded, focused on the task in front of them.  Their very courage, daring, guts renews our own energy and excitement.  As we marvel at athletes that are too young or too old or too marginalized to perform the very act we are viewing, we get inspired.  

If we took an ounce of what we are seeing poured out by the gallons in Rio, what could we do right in our own back yard?  

When you sit down to watch the Olympics tonight, ask yourself these questions:

  • In what ways can I best use my strengths and talents to serve my organization and the world?
  • What are the wider benefits of pursuing and achieving this?
  • What really motivates me to pursue this goal?
  • What might be stopping me from following my dream?
  • What are the five most important things that I will do every day to achieve my goal?

Let Rio2016 move you to be more, to bring more, to push for more. 


You Become

He said, “You become.  It takes a long time.  That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept.  Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby.  But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.” ~ Velveteen Rabbit

Becoming is a process.

It takes time and resilience.  Your decision making becomes more about your convictions than how much you can accomplish.  Do you start the day wondering how you’re going to get it all done?  Part of becoming is recognizing that “getting it all done” was never the intended end result.  Perhaps a better questions is: how do I want to be remembered?  

Being real! 

Now that’s something to be proud of; a direction to go toward; a desired destination. Being real means you no longer pretend you are the answer for all the problems.  Being real means you don’t have to look like the next guy.  Being real means you know who you are and are comfortable with it and have made an impact because of it.  

As 2016 rapidly approaches, consider setting goals for the New Year that are about becoming.  What will you do in 2016 to work on “becoming?” Because “being real” is beautiful!