Summary: Don’t stop after clearing a hurdle. Keep going till you finish the race.

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The 110M Hurdles

Does anyone here make out these little “To-Do” lists? You know, we’re busy people and we have so many things going on that we can’t remember them all and we need to make a list of things that need doing throughout the day. Call Aunt Jane, laundry, pick up Billy at piano, take Julie to soccer practice, more laundry, groceries, pick up Julie at soccer practice, defrost the fridge, change the oil in the car and rotate the tires.

Then AFTER breakfast………

For those of you who make these lists, do you always complete your list everyday, or do you sometimes have to carry over some things to the next day? If you seldom complete your list, then I guess you could say that these things listed are more like GOALS that you would like to accomplish. These are things that you shoot for, HOPING to finish.

When you have a long list of jobs to do one day and you actually get them all done, how does that make you feel? Didn’t you feel great? You’re thinking, “I did it! I got everything done that I wanted to get done today!” It’s a great feeling. It’s an occasion for joy. I’ve been there and crossing off everything on my “to-do” list feels good.

THEN……dum-de-dum-dum: tomorrow comes! And all those things you accomplished YESTERDAY mean, what? Not much. Those goals you met yesterday mean nothing. That’s old news. Today brings new goals, new challenges. And you have to start all over, setting new goals.

That’s the bad thing about goal-setting. You always have to come up with new goals when you meet the ones you’ve already set. That’s life. Everywhere you go in life, you’re gonna have goals, placed on you by yourself or others. You all went through school. You know what I’m talking about. You may have been told, “You did a great job in fourth grade. You passed your tests, met the goals the state mandated, made the honor roll. You did such a good job meeting the GOALS of 4th grade, we’re moving you up to 5th grade, with new goals, tests, challenges.

You meet those 5th grade goals, well then, we’ll just move you up to 6th grade, 7th, 8th, and so on. You can’t rest on your laurels. There’s always a new challenge, a new GOAL to try to attain.

It works that way in life, too. This year you’re the top salesman in your region. Great Job! Congratulations! What is your company gonna do? Why, they’re gonna raise the bar. You had $100,000 in sales last year? This year we want $110,00 in sales. Go get’em, Tiger!

Now, that’s good in a way. We have to keep striving to improve. We need that carrot out there in front of us, motivating us to run faster, jump higher, practice longer. There is absolutely nothing wrong with setting goals. We need the incentive. The problem arises when we reach the goal before us and are satisfied.

We see this over and over in sports. Oh, I’m not saying it never happens, but rarely do you see sports teams win a Super Bowl or World Series one year and then win again the next year. The first time the hunger is there. They want that recognition as the “best in the world”.

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