Want true success in life? Lean forward.
I was home-schooled until the 9th grade.
Think about that statement for a minute – I spent 14 years of my life in my home, with my brothers and sisters, only leaving the house to go play sports. I believe that doing this made me miss critical social / environmental skills that i didn’t develop until later on in my life. But hindsight is 20/20, and I would not be where I am at today if that was different, so I am thankful for that.
But going from homeschool to freshmen in highschool isn’t exactly a smooth transition. I had no friends. I had no skills to make friends. The first year was a tough one for me. I had one saving grace and that was running.
I had a chemistry teacher that coached cross country and told me I should join. Baseball season wasn’t for awhile, so I though heck – why not. Maybe I could get into better shape. Little did I know I was hooked. I was slow, but I was hooked. Running became my meditation and still is to this day. The joke is always my workout is your punishment. Even today, if I am stress, if I need to think, if I need to relax, if I need to clear my head, I run. I ran the morning of my wedding. I ran the day I found out I was going to be dad. I ran the day my son was born. Running is an important part of my life, as odd as that may sound.
My highschool cross country coach was one of the most epic people I have ever met in my life. He create the desire in me to be a coach, change lives and move people the way he did everyday (Thank you Coach Connolly). It wasn’t that he was motivating, he was a smart runner. Coach Con knew about form, and ensuring that when you run, you don’t waste energy. You stay strong, and you stay relaxed. To this day, even if I don’t lace up the shoes for awhile, I can put a few miles in without any trouble because of my form.
One of the biggest form pieces I took away was to lean forward. When you run, you want to have a slight lean forward. This helps with momentum, to keep a quick pace and when you get tired, it helps to put one foot in front of the other because your feet want to catch you.
I was recently running, working through getting kinks out in my form, and telling my self to lean forward. I got back into my form and I was thinking a lot about leaning forward and I had a moment of brilliance on how we all should lean forward.
LEAN FORWARD IN LIFE
Life is a scary son-of-a-bitch. We have no idea what is going to happen next and that scares most people. How you manage the fear, the unknown, the drawbacks, the set backs and whatever else comes up in your life determines your level of success.
If ou want to live life fully, run forward, run fast and don’t be afraid of whats around the corner because if you run fast enough, you are going to run over whatever gets in the way.
Sadly, most don’t even come close to this. Most slowly walk up to the corner, very carefully look around it, and if they see something that will block their route, they turn and find another route.
Most aren’t ready to run forward. It is extremely hard to go from being scared on whats around the corner to hustling around the corner embracing whatever comes your way. This is where LEANING FORWARD can help.
Leaning forward means you keep moving forward. When you get tired, you still move forward. It is the “slow and steady wins the race” idea. And it is better than finding another route. Finding another route means you aren’t moving forward. If you aren’t moving forward, you are either moving sideways or worst yet, moving backwards, neither of which will take you on where you need to go. You need to move forward if you want to get anything accomplished in life.
Leaning forward can get you there. When you lean forward in life, you are able to take on whatever is around the corner.