Day 490 – Thankful for Doing Something Specifically to Reach Only One Goal, To Get Better

Today’s been an awesome day so far.  It’s pretty sure to be the highest scoring day yet on my checklist (from last week, if you missed it you can check it out here).  That said, today’s post goes back to trying to stand balanced on the end of a log that’s floating in the water.


Another week of logrolling, another week of interesting thought processes afterwards…  I’m so glad Becky talked me into trying this for the first time a little over a year ago.  Never in a million years have thought it’d give me the insights that it has.

Under most (or almost every) circumstances I’m very competitive and goal oriented.  If there’s a record I want to beat it.  If there are milestones to hit I’ll bust my butt to hit them.  If there’s an extreme boundary I want to push it.  If there’s a competition I want to win it.  That’s one of the ways my brain is wired, I enjoy achieving.

When it comes to log rolling I have zero delusions of grandeur.  Seriously, I’m terrible!  I have no desire to compete, to set a record, or anything like that.  There’s no specific time goal that I want to achieve.  There’s only one goal that drives me when I’m rolling…  I want to get better.

That’s it, nothing else.  Each time I go I want to be just a little bit better than the last time.  No score keeping, no chase for perfection, no nothing like that.  I just want to get better, and it feels great!

When I’m pushing hard for a goal or trying to set a new personal record for something I sometimes get overly stressed.  When I push that hard I sometimes lose sight of the reason why I started in the first place, and I just want to be the best.  It seems like when that happens I start to make mistakes or miss out on things that would’ve helped.

Logrolling is totally different.  After each attempt I run through it in my head, listen to our coach, and try to make one small improvement.  No wholesale changes, just consistent progress.  As I think about it, yoga is a very similar sensation.  Each session I try to stretch a little further or push a little harder.  In both cases there’s no long term goal besides continuous improvement.  There’s no finish line, endgame, or competition, it’s just improvement for the sake of improvement.  It feels pretty awesome!

Today I’m thankful for this simple lesson, remember to enjoy something more by having one goal…  to get better.  In taking any project just one step at a time, becoming a little better than I was the last time, not only will there be progress, but I’m more apt to enjoy the ride.


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