So those goals that I have written about before are now on a paper / your computer right? You shared them with a friend, a loved one, a Coach, a fellow athlete/peer, so that you can start creating some accountability for yourself right? What did you do yesterday to get yourself further to that goal? Oh wait, it was the 28th of November, 3 days after Thanksgiving and you were still eating leftovers, no worries, let's get back on track. . . it's Monday
"Even the toughest rock can lose it's shape under the constant running water."
Persistency - continuing to exist despite interference or treatment
No, I am not talking about the nagging cough you may have started to develop or when a girl is trying to get a guy like the 2009 hit, He's Just Not That Into You. I am bringing it back to movies like Rudy and Hoosiers. Now we've talked about Rudy in the past, clearly Rudy was persistent. But what about Hoosiers?!
Hoosiers (1986) is based on the true story of the tiny, country school of Milan (Hickory is the city in the movie) defeating the big city school of Muncie Central (South Bend Central), a very rare feat given the advantages a bigger school would have. Gene Hackman plays Coach Norman Dale, who fights many obstacles including the second-guessing fathers, a feisty teacher who trys to get the best basketball player the town has from going out for the team, and a whole bunch of undisciplined athlete's, with the goal of taking home the Indiana State Basketball Championship Title.
I won't spoil this movie for you, but if there is anything inspiring in this world, Hoosiers is a definite. So take a risk, continue practicing, when the time comes for your big shot, whether it be a workout, all workouts, or reaching your goals, close your eyes, hold on to that basketball, and granny shot from the foul line to win the game.
Nay-sayers mean nothing, don't listen, it ain't worth it for you or I. You can achieve the written goal, it's like looking at the Whiteboard, seeing that WOD, knowing it may take a minute or a millenia, but going at it all the same. No quit, no "I can't", and definitely no "I won't".
Let's get back on track and close out our year in style. Be persistent with your goals, whether they be unbroken double-unders, 100 unbroken pistols, or picking up/pushing up some weight. It's time for a nudge, and this time I hold you accountable, you wrote down your goals. Let me see what you got.
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race”