Behold the child that is Greedy Kid #1. She’s not a natural runner, okay? She could only do 1-mile at best when she joined the Cross Country team (you know, the people who run 5K’s). Why the hell would she do THAT?
Greedy Kid went to the meets and was lapped by the runners as she came in last 100% of the time. She had to stop for walk breaks at every meet and got lost on the courses, so her coach had to go out to find her.
…just follow me, here.
Then one day Greedy Kid #1 called me from a meet. And she’s crying, saying how terrible of a runner she is. She wants to quit the team, but I told her, “Don’t do it. Finish what you committed to. I’m proud of you”.
Then something else happened. The coach told her NOT to come to certain practices and DON’T show up at certain meets. But Greedy Kid still considered herself part of the team at kept working hard. And soon, she ran a whole 5K… without stopping. And then one day, she didn’t come in last.
Why am I telling you this? When you think you suck…when other people say you suck. Keep at it. You can do it. Finish what you started.
And then we have my other child-spawn. It’s Greedy Kid #2….
He’s 14 years-old and a freshman in high school. While he’s currently running a 19-minute 5K, his goal is to achieve a 16-minute. The kid is already exploring the top colleges for Cross Country. Run run run, my Greedy Kid #2. Keep on running.
Two Greedy Kids. Two different stories.
What’s YOUR story on goal setting and perserverance?