I am currently living in Rhode Island and for those of you readers who hail from the Northeast; you understand where I am coming from when I speak of hibernating for the winter. That’s just about what I’ve been doing. The winter weather has been a good excuse to work on my business primarily through online programs and systems. Today however, turned out to be a really lovely day in Rhode Island and it had been a while since I had taken my dog Toby for a run on the beach. So I decided that since it was so nice out I would drive down to the ocean and get some exercise.
As I started my jog (not quite a run) I was reminded just how long a winter it had been. My legs felt a little weak and I was moving through the sand at a pretty slow pace. Toby, in the meantime, was running like a 3 year old Lab ought to and he was happy as could be. He was busy chasing seagulls and sniffing every piece of driftwood he could find. A dog’s paradise I would say. I actually surprised myself as I continued down the beach. I managed to fall into a rhythm pretty quickly and was feeling pretty good about myself (after about 300 yards) however the jetty at the beach’s end still looked pretty darn small.
As I moved along at this rhythmic yet embarrassingly slow pace I began to focus my attention on the small rocks along the sandy shore rather than on the jetty which was still way ahead down the shoreline. I simply focused on putting one foot in front of the other I was so much more at ease. It was at that time I began putting things into perspective. You see, I have been working pretty hard lately in my
But as I mentioned previously it’s been a long winter, in more ways than one, and there have been days where I could have thrown in the towel and walked away. But something inside me kept me going. That little voice in my heart, not in my head, that reminds me that I have a purpose in life and I must persist, not quit until I fulfill that purpose. That is what moves me forward and keeps me focused. So I keep putting one foot in front of the other and plugging away. No matter how far away my goal is I know that if I consistently take steps in the right direction, day in and day out, I will get there.
I came home from the beach and felt pretty good. My run was not my best ever by any means, but I got it done. And tomorrow I will go out and do it again. That little lesson on the beach just watching the rocks pass by me as I moved slowly down the shoreline was about way more than exercise. It was about everything we do in life. Whenever we feel like the task ahead is bigger than we are we need to remind ourselves to just take one step at a time and keep moving forward. It’s like what they say about how you would go about eating an elephant: one bite at a time. Good lesson folks.
To top off my day when I sat down at my computer and logged on to my Face book page, there in front of me was a quick video put up by one of my business colleagues, Ty. Ty is all about positive energy and persisting and his video focused on the importance of persisting until you succeed. Wow, what a very profound and perfectly timed video; like it was meant for me today. Ever felt like things just happen for a reason? That’s because they do, trust me. Keep moving forward folks. Don’t ever quit. Have a passion for your life and everything in it. Persist until you succeed. Thanks Ty, thanks Toby.