I have been an active runner for many years now, and typically get out 4-5 times a week. I love it. This morning, I was running in the neighborhood and I saw a neighbor walking toward me on the sidewalk. I waved and said Good Morning. He waved back and said, “New Years resolution?” I quickly searched my mind for a reply, something that could be uttered without breaking stride, that acknowledged the commonalities between us that could transcend simple age, and something that would not necessitate further conversation. The product of all that rapid, and one could argue, unnecessary thought, was three simple words, “always moving forward.” Pleased with myself, I kept moving, offered a thumbs up with a smile, and concluded that my beautiful retort would be the best answer he would likely receive in his quest among our shared streets. Surely no one had been able to offer such wisdom on the spot – certainly others were stumped by his inquiry. Magic!
However, about 25 seconds later, I realized he wasn’t soliciting resolutions from those he saw in the neighborhood. Rather, he was asking if I was running that morning to launch the start of a New Years resolution. D’oh! While the prestige I had placed on him and his open question to the neighborhood was not just that – I still walked away thinking about those three words.
Eddie George was a Heisman Trophy winning running back at Ohio State and then had a successful career with the Tennessee Titans in the NFL. While he would batter and bruise his way to each yard on the football field, I remember commentators attributing one specific quality to his rushing style – they say he always fell forward. And that by standing more than 6 feet tall, this specific ability could often grab another yard for his team. And each yard, over time, grew to more achievement.
Each year, my fellow #compelledbloggers share a challenge where we identify one word or three words to guide our learning for the coming year. Lately I wasn’t feeling either. However, through this random morning run, I realize that “Always moving forward” is three words. And I think it’s pretty good as it focuses on improvement, even if only an inch at a time. It’s also aligned with a book I just started, Atomic Habits, after a close friend recommended it. The idea being that similar to an atom, there are small little things we can develop as habits, that can, with patience, lead to desired results. So I have decided that Always Moving Forward (AMF) will be my three words.
I will focus on little things I can do each day that can influence the overall year. I see these being in the personal relationships I strengthen, the campus leaders I further support, and the resulting student experiences that grow more powerful. #Destiny
How does potential inspiration find you?