Have you ever admired an athlete from afar? When I say admire, I mean truly consider the time and dedication he’s spent in training. A college athlete does not become collegiate simply by training the season prior. Most likely he’s spent years mastering his skills and winning the smallest competitions to prepare for his big day.
Why should the attainability of our goals be any different? We, too, must learn, grow, study, and win in the smallest areas to ultimately reach our goals–even on days we prefer to just sit this one out. Trust me, this habit does not come easily. If you want to reach your goals: you must embrace the discomforts of achievement.
Ouch that stung. If not, you’re probably aware of the concept. If so, buckle up because you just might receive a few more jolts while reading this blog. Actually, let me send another prick your way:
Point well made? 🙂 I mean this lesson with utmost sincerity: reaching goals–our definitions of success– means embracing discomfort.
I remember the young lady who cleared me out of my unit upon my retirement. She asked me how I managed to have a full time career, with family, while attending school. Little did she know, I was at the utter stage of exhaustion; seriously, I was crawling to the “retirement from the Air Force” finish line. Let me say I was shouting for a retirement anchor to plant me into one spot–OH HERE I AM! SIGN ME OUT STAT PLEASSSSEEEEE!
I loved my career very much; however, it was time for a new adventure and so I was “neck dip” in pursuing my English MA. I was not about to “blindly” transition from the Air Force without the “skills” to pursue my second passion–meaning I had better get my degree finished! Did I mention my husband was deployed during my final few months in the Air Force. So YES, full time career, children, husband gone (he made it back a week before my ceremony!), and my graduate degree required completion! Just throw me an anchor guys!!! THIS WAS ABSURD TO THINK I COULD ACCOMPLISH ALL THIS!!!
Yet…I had faith that I might attain the impossible. It was uncomfortable–VERY! On many occasions, I couldn’t keep my brain alert into the late evenings. I often decided to turn in early, but wake by 3AM to stay afloat on class assignments. All these images of my journey flashed before me as I considered her question: how? I simply responded: “I decided long ago that I am going to accept being uncomfortable to reach my goals. For me, it was worth the “temporary” discomfort.”
Trust me. I am no different than you. I did not have magical powers that allowed me to reach my goals. I simply moved forward as an athlete accepts their need to train hard. This does not have to be my story; truly, it can be your story. I encourage you to fight off the comforts of being comfortable and accept this simple fact: attaining goals means being uncomfortable. So my fellow hiker, I ask you one final question: how will you crave the day?
About this series: During my career, mentoring and helping others reach their goals was a part of my responsibility. Upon my retirement, I began interacting with many people who felt their ambitions were not tangible–goals such as earning a college degree and landing a dream job. Additionally, I was surprised at the notion of failure that prevented these individuals from even trying and so this series is dedicated to travelers who may lack a travel guide. I hope my experiences will encourage you to never give up on yourself. If you’re looking for a virtual hiking companion– a chit chat on craving the day–then join me. Let’s talk your ideas of success. I’ll be sharing my experiences with you, and I invite you to join in with your own tips for success. Happy, safe traveling, and remember…the joy truly is in the journey!