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John Burroughs

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ViF - Featured Motivational Quotes


"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it."
Lou Holtz - College Coach Great



"If you set a goal for yourself and are able to achieve it, you have won the race. Your goal can be to come in first, to improve your performance, or just to finish the race - it's up to you"
Dave Scott - Six Time Ironman World Champion

Monday Motivation - Your Training/Race schedule and "golf balls".

As you plan out your training and race schedule for the upcoming season remember the story of


"The Mayonnaise Jar "

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day is not enough;
Remember the Mayonnaise Jar and 2 cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.

When the class began, wordlessly, He picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and started to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full.
They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured it into the Jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.
He then asked the students again if the jar was full.
They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.
The students responded with and unanimous 'yes.'

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand.
The students laughed.

'Now,' said the professor, as the laughter subsided, 'I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.

The golf balls are the important things - Family, Children, Health, Friends, and favorite passions.
Things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the things that matter like your job, house, and car.
The sand is everything else -- The small stuff.

If you put the sand into the jar first, he continued, there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.

The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

So...

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children.
Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner.

There will always be time to clean the house and fix the dripping tap.
(A missed training session won't make or break your season.)

'Take care of the golf balls first -- The things that really matter.
(Triathlon can be "one" of your golf balls, just be sure to make time for all the other golf balls in your jar!)

Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented.

The professor smiled. 'I'm glad! You asked'.

It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem,
there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.'   

3 comments:

  1. This story was great! Thanks for the motivation.

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  2. Personalized poetry....glad you liked it.
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