Stand. Just, stand. Now, jump. You can’t can you? To jump you must bend your knees, and in bending your knees, you are dipping down lower than your starting position. The only way to jump up in the air, or to leap, is to come at it from a squat.
I had a business coach. He was one of those teachers that emerge spontaneously from the wings of your life and disappear just as promptly. He spoke with his big sausage-finger hands, and everything he said was huge; huge in gesture and huge in meaning. One lesson he taught me stood out apart from the rest. It was that pearl that someone hands over that might change the course of your life.
“Heather, before you reach any goal worth achieving you have to squat.” He stopped for dramatic effect; then he began again. “When a goal is worthy and true you will often find yourself with a sense of pause before that goal is realized. It might feel like you are losing ground, even going in the wrong direction. It might feel like a most articulated sense of failure or hopelessness. This is the time when most turn and walk away.”
“Always remember this is the ‘squat’. Our bodies naturally squat to leap physically. Mentally this occurs as well. Our accomplishments, dreams, and goals are the destinations of a mental leap, and to get there – Guess what? – We also have to squat.”
Do you feel like you have been digging, and driving toward a personal or professional goal? Does it feel as though nothing is happening? No forward motion seems to be transpiring? Does it feel extra hard? Is there tremendous pressure? Does everything seem against the odds?
Remember the squat.
When I have pursued “out of my league” goals, the squat-concept gave me peace. Knowledge of the existence of the “squat” phenomenon gave me the strength to go on. Often the deepest part of the squat is the tender moment right before a goal is achieved.
Don’t give up.
Keep punching on.
Love the squat.
Get ready for air-time.
What goal have you been working on that has taken a back burner because of perceived lack of progress? Could you be in a squat? Could it be that you need to swing your arms back and go for it? Consider a goal this week you might need to revisit with renewed passion!
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