Today is the Boston Marathon. It’s the oldest continuing running marathon that attracts international elite athletes to compete in running 26.2 miles. Due to its competitive entry requirements, the field is limited to 30,000 entrants of which 80% must beat a qualifying time at another marathon in their age category. It’s not for the faint-hearted but for goal-driven, competitive personalities.
‘Tis the season of graduations where notable entertainers, politicians, business owners, leaders, artists and authors impart words of wisdom and advice to the graduating class.
- Do you remember your commencement address?
- Do you recall the wise words passed along to you to help you navigate your way forward into the world?
My mind draws a blank when reflecting back to my own commencement ceremony from college. I cannot recall any profound words of wisdom that have stuck with me through the decades.
If you are feeling stuck, stymied, or dissatisfied with the lack of progress in achieving one of your goals, try infusing your routine with a sprint commitment.
What is a sprint commitment?
Drawing on my experience with athletics, it is a focused, short-term burst of activity which challenges you to accelerate your momentum and surpass your status quo.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day highlights an opportunity for us to reflect on our community, our hopes and dreams, and our path to a better future.
The Reverend King inspires us to not only pursue our dreams and goals but also to fight against injustice and social inequity. He challenges us to become agitators.
In his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Dr. King talks about his desire to foster tension because the community has become complacent. He is referenced as an “outside agitator.”
For many years our family has celebrated the winter solstice as a way to mark the longest night and the shortest day, while reflecting on our own light and dark moments of 2016 and setting an intention for the year ahead.
Do you find yourself thinking, “I have to do this!” while deep inside you are dragging, resisting, or avoiding every possible step to actually do the task at hand?
Do you ever think, “they are making me do this?” “They” could be your teacher assigning you homework, your boss giving you an undesirable project, your parents requiring some family obligation, or your church group, friends, or the I.R.S. requiring some action on your part.
One week ago my husband and I drove our only child to college.
Yes, we officially became empty nesters!
I have transitioned through other roles with glee and delight; for instance, when I became a wife and then a mother. But becoming an empty nester not only raises a whole new set of emotions, but it also earmarks a transition in parenting and an opportunity to recalibrate my own priorities.
Like many of you, for the past two weeks I was glued to the television watching with tremendous admiration athletes of all races, from both third world and first world countries, share the stage in performing extraordinary athletic feats under intense pressure and competition at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Savoring this fleeting glimpse into the accomplishments of these world class athletes, my hope was that their dedication, commitment, and drive would become a source of motivation that would propel me forward to new heights and personal bests.