Half the Battle is Showing Up: Part II
I wanted to write a bit more about Jon's theme from the previous post, because it's an important message to emphasize. When it comes to achieving your goals, showing up is the simplest step you can take. It's the first move to progress. Once you've made that first step, you can continue to improve incrementally because the momentum is on your side.
The day that Jon and I met we were both there for our workouts. But Jon didn't cover the full extent of what was actually required to arrive.
Some months prior, I joined a Saturday afternoon running group that met at the Harvard indoor track. I had already attended several get-togethers and wanted to continue building on my momentum. I've been running for many years now, but the group was helping me a great deal because the organizer -- an experienced track coach and former professional runner -- was helping me improve my running form.
The Saturday I met Jon, I attended a birthday brunch for a friend in the morning. Because I knew I was scheduled to work out later in the day, I brought my sneakers and athletic gear along with me -- and also made sure not to drink any of the mimosas that were being served. I told my friend I had to leave early -- and I arrived at the track with ample time to warm up.
On this particular day, I was surprised (and disappointed) to find that the Boston subway system was undergoing construction -- and so the train I normally would have taken from Back Bay to Harvard Square (lasting approximately 20 minutes) wasn't in service. Instead, I was forced to take a multiple-stop bus route -- which was exacerbated further by the sudden onset of pouring rain.
Despite all of this, I resolved that I wouldn't turn around and go home. I was determined to practice the new drills I was working on with the coach.
Midway through my workout, I noticed a cute guy jogging around the track -- and when I took a water break he approached me and started talking. I had extreme tunnel vision by that point with everything that had gone on, and I didn't want my workout to be disturbed. I told Jon that I couldn't talk until after my workout was finished.
We both finished our training sessions and then talked for a bit afterwards. I was so excited! Making it to the track that day had double the benefit. I got better as a runner and met my dream man too! Not to mention the residual benefits of having a partner as into health and fitness as me.
The lesson here is a good one: Set goals, commit to them, and great things will come about in the process.