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You Can’t Keep Up

Published on 2/4/2019
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You Can’t Keep Up

I almost beat a gold-medal sprinter. Here is the story:

A few years ago, I was at a dinner table seated next to Olympic great Jackie Joyner-Kersee. As we worked our way through the salad course, I enjoyed getting to know her. I asked her questions about her career as an athlete and the vigorous training regimen she used to stay at the top of her sport for years. 

Jackie answered my questions with great insight and intensity, and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. So much so, that about the time dinner arrived, I decided to have a little fun.

As we dug into our meal, I casually remarked, “You know, I think I could beat you in a hundred-yard dash.”

Jackie looked at me and said, “Excuse me?”

I smiled. “I said, I think I could beat you in a hundred-yard dash.”

Jackie laughed. “No, you couldn’t.”

“Actually,” I replied, “I think I could.”

She looked at me and said, “No. You couldn’t.”

When I tell you that she looked at me, I don’t mean she looked at me with mild amusement. I mean she looked at me with the steely eyes of a competitor sizing up a heated rival. I had gone from dinner companion to opponent with a simple comment.

And I admit, I loved it. 

I let it go for a little while and then brought it back up again: I think I can beat you in a race. After a few more minutes, Jackie forgot about her meal. She was on the verge of taking off her heels, handing them to her husband, and telling me to take this outside.

And that’s when I said, “I could beat you in a hundred-yard dash…if you spotted me 60 yards.”

She burst into laughter and immediately relaxed. The table got a good laugh as well, and I enjoyed the moment immensely. However, the more I thought about it, the more I could see a powerful truth in the moment: it’s not the fastest person who wins a race. It’s the person who starts first.

Over the past 40 years, one of the most amazing changes I’ve seen is the pace at which we live our lives. We currently live fast. We expect everything to happen in the blink of an eye, and it’s not necessarily because we’re impatient. It’s because we now have the tools and technology to live at a consistently accelerated pace. News, entertainment, communication – the central components of our modern world – are all available 24/7, on-demand, right on our phones or laptops.

Many people believe they have to start moving faster in order to keep up. But that’s not true. The key to moving faster isn’t speeding up. It’s starting well.

Today, I want to share with you two keys to starting well.

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” - Zig Ziglar

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Whether you’re on the starting block of an Olympic sprint or at the beginning of a new project, getting the start you need requires creativity and flexibility. Let’s talk about those two things for a moment.

  1. Creativity. No one takes action on a problem unless they believe that a solution is possible. Whether it’s putting a man on the moon or running a hundred-yard dash, if you don’t believe it’s possible, you’ll never start. Creativity is the belief that there is a way forward, which unlocks our thinking, giving our minds permission to move forward.
  1. Flexibility. Life doesn’t often give us a straight line to run on. Most paths have twists and turns, peaks and valleys that we don’t always anticipate or foresee. We have to be willing to change our path if we want to maintain momentum. Flexibility is the next step in creativity because it represents our belief that not only is there an answer, but there is more than one.


I want you to think about a situation in your life where you feel like you’re falling behind. Maybe you’re overwhelmed at work, or maybe the demands of home keep stacking up. The natural tendency when we feel stuck is fear. We become afraid that we’ll never get going again. To overcome that fear and get you started again, I want you to ask yourself two questions:

  1. Have I given up on finding a way through this challenge?
  2. Have I exhausted all possibilities for working through this challenge?

The key to this exercise is honesty. You must be honest with yourself about the situation and your approach to it. If you can’t trust yourself, then sit down with a trusted friend and ask them to answer these questions with you. Give them permission to speak with candor, and write down what they say.

Once you’ve answered these questions, there’s only one more to ask: Am I willing to do what it takes to get started?

Your success depends on your answer. Though I believe you can not only get a fresh start, by embracing creativity and flexibility, you can take the first steps toward a win.

"The whole idea of motivation is a trap. Forget motivation. Just do it. Exercise, lose weight, test your blood sugar, or whatever. Do it without motivation. And then, guess what? After you start doing the thing, that's when the motivation comes and makes it easy for you to keep on doing it.” -- John C. Maxwell

You Can’t Keep Up
Share with me what your thoughts on this are. What are you willing to do, TODAY< to step up and stand in your greatness? 

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