Growth not something that happens overnight

Usain Bolt said: “I trained four years to run nine seconds, and people give up when they don’t see results in two months.”

What is the price of excellence? So many of us want to see results immediately. We want to know that our diet is working and we want it to show in the way we look and feel right now. We want to go eight for 10 from the field, rarely miss that jump shot and expect that to be the case whenever we step on the floor. We want to be amazing readers, writers and learners about everything that interests us and pray that our kids are far better off than we ever were. We watch a movie and see things unfold the way we envision it happening in our own lives.

Can all that we want and aspire to become our reality? Maybe. I think it can, but no matter what, we have to embrace the journey. It’s the grit, the work that happens at your desk, in the gym when no one is watching, over time, and more time, and then even more time. It’s easy to give up, make excuses, blame things that are out of our control.

The winners, the people that reach their goals, that never stop believing in their capabilities, that never listen to the doubters, they’re the ones that get to take a deep breath and feel good about what they have accomplished.

Sahil Bloom wrote in “The Growth Paradox”: “Growth takes a much longer time coming than you think, but then happens much faster than you ever thought possible. Growth happens gradually, then suddenly. The best things in life come from allowing compounding to work its magic. Slowly, then all at once.”

It’s true. You can’t let failure derail you. Gradually, then suddenly. Slowly, then all at once. Eventually, all your hard work will pay off. Have faith and believe. Don’t forget to enjoy the journey along the way.

Garrett Rogowski is superintendent for the Wittenberg-Birnamwood School District.

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