Happy Thanksgiving weekend to each and every one of you. I am so thankful that each of you has decided to be a part of the Community of Competitors.
This past weekend, our family spent the Thanksgiving Day Holiday at the beach in Cape May, NJ. The New Jersey beach holds a special place in my family’s heart. When I was a child, we would vacation at the Jersey Shore and we are continuing this tradition as we raise our family.
This weekend included numerous days with temperatures above 60 degrees, which is absolutely unbelievable as we near the end of November. On Thanksgiving Day, we took a walk on the beach and a thought struck me as we walked, the shoreline looks much different now than when we come down over the summer. The normal gradual slope down into the water was not present, but a jagged and bumpy shoreline was. This is interesting because during the “off-season” at the shore, the beach is hardly used; there is very little traffic, so you would think it would be pristine and manicured. The reverse is true. Over the summer, when the beach can be crowded with numerous tourists and sun worshippers, the shoreline is manicured and ready for use everyday. It is ready for use every day because it is worked on every day.
These are true in our lives as Competitors, in times of great use and intense focus, our minds are right and we are prepared, ready to go. However, if we look at something as an off-season and we let our guard down, the waves will destroy our shoreline. The secret for us is to maintain our routine, lead ourselves, constantly and consistently feeding our positive mindset, placing small challenges in front of us.
Rome was not built in a day, but it was worked on every day.
This is true for the Heart of a Competitor; we must work on our mindset every single day. This small commitment to fill our mind with positive and thought provoking challenges everyday builds the shoreline, builds our mindset for excellence. As we wrap up the month of November focusing on Leadership, lead yourself every day, for you are building a legacy that will last longer than the Roman Collesseum.