How many times do we say, I can’t, or maybe it’s just not going to happen? It’s only human. Whether a job we are interviewing for, a sport we want to become better at, a song we want to perfect on the piano or violin, a deal we want to close, or a million other small and big things we are seeking to accomplish.
As I was skiing down the hill I was reminded of the book, The Slight Edge (Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness by Jeff Olson.) It focuses on the compound effect and how small steps lead to big change. The Slight Edge is a philosophy; it represents a way of thinking: what we know, how we hold that knowledge, and what we do. The secret ingredient is straightforward: to do the small things over and over again until success kicks in.
So as I was saying, I was skiing down the mountain and realized my thighs weren’t burning any longer, I wasn’t freezing cold, and was actually enjoying what I was doing. I made it the entire day without pain or freezing fingers and toes. This was just another “Note To Self,” reminder, that my goal each day, no matter how big or small, is to keep at it, and eventually it’ll happen. It took a few long days on the slopes (and a new ski outfit) to get my body back in ski mode, and I am glad I stayed with it.
Don’t give up, keep moving forward, goals take time, learn from mistakes, fall down and get back up again. Just don’t give up.