Saturday, November 28, 2009


I am a believer in both long-term goals as well as capitalizing on opportunities as they present themselves.

I feel in order to be successful in any avenue or venture, goals are important. In order for me to say that I want to go to the Olympics again or something like that, I have to set the gears in motion now to set that up in a few years. You're not going to be able to roll of your couch in the spring of 2012 and say "Hey, I think I am going to shoot for the Olympics." More often than not, you won't achieve that because if it were that easy to do, your goal wasn't challenging enough to be a goal in the first place.

I set long term goals that are difficult to achieve because if something were easy, everybody would do it.

Opportunities that come about by chance are equally as important. I have had several chance meetings/opportunities that presented themselves that allowed me to capitalize on a long term goal I set for myself. The most important of these were when I met my current coach Brooks Johnson out in Sacramento in 2004. Without such a meeting/opportunity, it's no telling what I may be doing right now. I may have met another coach without as much knowledge and been out of the sport by now.

Great question


Jalana said...

A very thoughtful response. I am impressed and agree 99%. Thanks for answering!

Makes me regret not really knowing you back in the HU days. Good luck and I believe you will continue to go far in whatever road you choose or "presents' itself in the future. Much support!!

Aunt Celest said...

Once you put you mind on something it's a done deal. I'm sure you'll be at the 2012 Olympics, and I hope I'm there to see you with my grand-son.