As many of you are making your resolutions for the year, decide each day to live your life to the fullest. Set goals that will allow you to capture the moments, to walk in your truth, and to be better than you were the day before. You owe it to yourself to be the best you possible.
When my son was in high school, he participated on the track team. During the season, he would spend a few hours each day practicing and conditioning for track meets. This time was helping him to hone his skills by learning correct techniques, proper form, and regulations for competition. However, these sessions taught him the importance developing himself. I would often ask about how the practices were going, and he would reply that they were good. But some days, he would state, “I set a PR today.” Initially, when I heard him say it, I questioned the meaning of PR. He told me that PR stood for a personal record. In preparing for competition, his coaches and trainers taught him that the goal was not to win every race. The goal was to develop himself to do his personal best.
I share this lesson with you today because the goal is not for you to win every competition. Your goal to do your best daily. Stop looking at the accomplishments of others and making comparisons to where you are or are not. Look within and resolve to do your best daily to set your personal records. Learn the things that you need to hone your skills. Take small steps daily to get you to where you would like to be. Remember, the objective is not about you competing with anyone but about determining to be better than you were the day before. You will have those days when you set personal records, when you do, remember to give yourself a pat on your back. You will also have those days when you don’t do as well, shake it off and try a little harder. Identify your mistakes, learn from them and keep it moving.
So my thought to you today is let’s go into this new year, striving to do your personal best daily. Run the race at your pace, establishing milestones that will allow you to push harder and farther than the day before. Remember to share your accomplishments, so that we can celebrate with you. No matter what you do, resolve to live and be the best you possible.