- I believe that setting goals and working to achieve them gives life purpose.
- I believe that accountability empowers integrity and results in making good decisions.
- I believe that in all of my life journeys, the one that I take as a parent is the most important.
I live in a house full of teenagers. My girls bring me intermittent bouts of joy and exasperation as we make our way together as a family. They are both my greatest pride and my best challenge. What we build together provides life’s greatest blessing.
I am a habitual goal maker. Setting and working toward goals keeps me passionately excited to be better tomorrow than I am today. I set goals in every facet of my life and hold myself accountable while working toward achieving them. I try each and every day to pass this habit on to my daughters. This often results in interesting feedback from them 😉
I remember a couple years ago when my favorite brunette was struggling during track. I asked her at the dinner table one night what her goals were for the season. Her reply caused me to grit my teeth as she stated: “I don’t have a goal for the season. I am afraid to set a goal because I might not reach it, and I don’t want to fail.”
Fear is real. It is part of being human and affects the decisions that each of us makes every day. Acknowledging it empowers you to deal with it and ultimately move past it. Setting goals that are challenging, yet achievable is one of the best ways to keep fear under control and gain confidence on the journey.
Although that night at the dinner table I wondered if my mentoring was flawed, the maturity and fortitude that my daughter went on to show in the next two Cross Country seasons demonstrated that we were both on the right path. She ended both seasons as the lead runner on the respective XC squads helping to bring home the runner up team medal in 2015, and garnering an individual medal in 2016.
While she would likely tell you that the hardware was her greatest achievement, I would argue that learning to set goals and finding the personal strength to hold herself accountable for them creates her greatest accolade. Over the last 18 months, I have watched her dig deep, over come adversity, and persevere with greatness.
This weekend, I will watch proudly as she competes in her first 1/2 marathon. Completing the race accomplishes a long term goal and checks off a bucket list item. She loves to run, and I love to watch her love to run.
Finding the appropriate balance as both her parent and her coach provides my greatest accomplishment. While I want her to find success more than anything in the world, I realize that success only holds meaning when she learns to do it for herself. From finding the personal discipline to get through the daily grind to daring to dream and packing her faith to go after it — that’s what makes her a winner.
She may be a teenager today, but tomorrow her contributions will help to shape our country. That’s plenty of motivation to fuel us both on the journey 🙂