At our New Year's Day training we did an activity which hopefully got some of us thinking ahead toward how this coming year will play out. It was simple; everyone lined up, facing the same direction, and stepped forward with a punch about 10 times. At that point we stopped, looked at how the line had become broken, and then carried on for another 70 steps. At that point, the spread was much more noticeable, with 10+ yards between the student in the front and the student in the back. We gathered together and I shared these three encouragements about what will come in 2019:
1.) If YOU do your best and THEY do their best, it doesn't mean everyone will end up at the same place at the same time.
2.) NEVER sacrifice who you are just to keep up with the crowd.
3.) Every now and then, set aside time to STOP and LOOK. There is someone behind you who can use encouragement and assistance.
Of course, if you've trained with me, you know that it wasn't that short and sweet. Over this coming week, I'll draw each of those out just a bit.
Have a great week!