Helllllllo 2017! I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season and are ready to get after it here in the new year.
I’ve started the year absolutely SPRINTING and it feels great.
Since I’ve been super busy I haven’t had a chance to slow down and reflect on my goals from last year and write new ones for this year just yet (I am already picturing a future blog post), but hopefully I will this weekend and I can share those with you soon…next week?
One thing I know I want to do, which was also a goal of mine from last year, is read more books.
I set a goal to read 3 books last year and I didn’t meet it.
I consume A LOT of content online, anything and everything I find interesting from CrossFit affiliate owner blogs to strength & conditioning articles to marketing advice to business management videos to random wikipedia pages about things that catch my inquisitive mind and everything in-between, but I think I need to spend more time reading actual paper and less time looking at a computer/phone screen.
To set the record straight about last year, I read one book, I listened to one book, and I bought about six more books that are in a stack next to my bed.
So, I am trying to get ahead of my goal from last year by reading at least a few pages each night before bed this year, even if it’s only five to ten.
My first book for 2017? Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike: Phil Knight
I’m only about 20 pages in, but I’m already hooked and look forward to a couple pages each night before I go to bed.
To end the first chapter, Phil gives an absolutely outstanding piece of advice that’s my subject this week, “Don’t stop”:
To finish off the chapter, he writes, “…just keep going. Don’t stop. Don’t even think about stopping until you get there, and don’t give much though to where ‘there’ is. Whatever comes, just don’t stop. That’s the precocious, prescient, urgent advice I managed to give myself, out of the blue, and somehow managed to take. Half a century later, I believe it’s the best advice-maybe the only advice-any of us should ever give.”
I mean, does it get any better than that?
Not only is he talking about hard work and dedication to reaching your goals, but he’s also talking about never getting complacent and never being satisfied.
If you’ve read any of my past blog posts, you’ve most certainly seen that these are some of the most common themes that I come back to time and time again.
And what better way to start a new year than to be handed a mantra like “Don’t stop” on a silver platter in the book you picked up less than a week in?
It just doesn’t get any better than that!
So, in the interest of not stepping on Mr. Knight’s toes and digging to deep or overanalyzing his words, I’m just going to give them to you again and ask you to read them out loud.
Really think about them.
And then take the message and run with it.
“…just keep going. Don’t stop. Don’t even think about stopping until you get there, and don’t give much though to where ‘there’ is. Whatever comes, just don’t stop. That’s the precocious, prescient, urgent advice I managed to give myself, out of the blue, and somehow managed to take. Half a century later, I believe it’s the best advice-maybe the only advice-any of us should ever give.” – Phil Knight