Most people approach change the way men approach sex: a sprint to the finish.
It’s only natural to want to get where we want to go as fast as we can.
Perhaps that unavoidable terminal that lurks in our future fosters this urge to finish as quickly as possible.
We must get there before we run out of time.
That is also why we often fall short in our challenges, diet plans, workout regimes, and New Year’s resolutions.
We are aiming for the finish line.
But the person who crosses the finish line is always different from the person who started the race.
When we get there, we can’t stop doing all those things that got us there and go back to being who we were before.
“In eight weeks, I’ll be sexy.”
“In two years, I’ll be rich.
“When I get there, I’ll be happy.”
And then, what?
Bill was a bit confused by all the fuss.
The journalists, bored of the wildfires and plague, had pointed out that he had just dragged the New England Patriots out for full training in the pouring rain.
Bill Belichick replied the only way he knew how: with a sentence stoic enough to have tumbled from the lips of Cato or Marcus Aurelius himself.
One that has been echoed over thousands of years by warriors and athletes and artists and anyone who ever wanted to get something serious done:
“If it rains, it rains.
If it doesn’t, it doesn’t.
If it’s hot, it’s hot.
If it’s not, then that’s what it is.”
Circumstances are bound to change how we execute our plans, but we can’t let them get in the way.
The world is full of elements that are out of our control. Regardless of what they throw up, when we’ve got training scheduled, we train. Because that’s what training is.
As a great pugilist once said, the fight is won long before we dance under the lights.
Just like the race is run a dozen different ways before we even cross the starting line. And the book is written over hundreds of early mornings, with words that are never read.
The training we do every day shapes our future.
What does your day prepare for you?