My daughter Eva and I recently spent the weekend playing Candy Land, hide and seek, shopping, and dress up. We were stag while my wife, Leigh Ann, met her cycling teammates from across the country for “bike camp” in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Leigh Ann recently became a member of the elite cycling team “Breakaway” – a fantastic accomplishment, and I could not be more proud of her. The amazing thing is that her biking experience was limited to a Huffy with a banana seat and an orange flag up until about three and a half years ago.
After Eva, who just turned four, was born Leigh Ann started riding a bike. She wanted to get in shape and make some new friends. She joined a local cycling club called the “Divas.” She made tons of friends, quickly took to the sport, and before you know, she was competing in races throughout Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas. Her success last racing season elevated her to a CAT 2 (cycling lingo for a really big deal) this past fall, and in less than four years after her first ride, she is on an elite racing team.
How is it that someone can go from beginner to elite so quickly? It happens all the time. You run into a friend you haven’t seen in six months, and you hardly recognize them because they have lost 50 pounds. Or there is that co-worker who could barely walk around the block three months ago that just completed a marathon. How do these transformations happen? It happens because people START. Leigh Ann’s early commitment to the sport just a little bit each day has allowed her to race, meet new people, and go to the Tour de France – where she rode in the Pyrenees mountains.
As the holiday season approaches, I often find myself in conversations where the topic comes around to “where did the time go; it seems like summer just ended; or the kids just started school, and now it is the holiday break,” are some of the things I hear. I am confident we have all found ourselves wondering where the time went. My son, Blake, is a senior in high school this year and it seems like just the other day I was taking him to his first day in kindergarten. See what I mean?
Here is the thing, the days, weeks, months, and years are going to pass. It is what we chose to do during those precious moments that counts. For years, I have embraced the idea that “it is not about what you do in a day, but what you do daily that matters,” and it has served me well. After teaching the topic for a couple of years now, I routinely hear from others about how the technique has helped to transform their lives. If you haven’t yet embraced the idea, I encourage you to do so.
Leigh Ann’s success; your friend’s amazing weight loss transformation or your co-worker’s new fitness regime are a result of a daily routine – small habits, that over time (and not that much time) have yielded magnificent results. Anyone can do it. The key is to find something that you’re passionate about and spend a few minutes each day working on it. If you do so consistently, you will excel. I am not promising that you will become and elite cyclist or marathon runner, or the CEO of your company, but I can promise you that the days will come and go and 5, 10, even 15 years will pass. Make those years count!