Set a goal, work steadily toward it and the universe conspires to help you achieve that goal…or something even greater than you could have imagined.
This is a common theme I have read over and over again as I have spent two decades studying successful people from all walks of life throughout the ages. It is something I have seen happen in my own life as well. Last week I witnessed an amazing example that I would like to share with you. If you doubt the power of goal setting, I hope this story will convince you to change your mind.
Following my 7th grade son’s first track meet this year he told me that his goal was to break the 7th grade school record for the boys 1600M. His run that day was 5:48 and the record was 5:22. This was quite a stretch goal considering this was his first year running track, there were only 6 weeks in the season and he only had 3 more potential opportunities to do it.
He worked hard in practice and yet at the next qualifying meet he added a few seconds and finished with a 5:53. In his second to last meet of the season he did better, dropping to 5:30 but still 8 seconds away from the record. And then the bad news came. In order to qualify for the last meet of the season he had to have a 1600M time of better than 5:47. The problem was his coaches had to enter their roster by noon on the day of his 5:30 run and he finished that race at 12:05 in the afternoon. Therefore they had to use the 5:48 time and he missed being able to compete in the final race of the season by one measly second!
After he got that news I spoke with him. He was happy he improved so much in his 1600M time, and finished 6th overall in that race, but frustrated that he would not get to compete again to try and break that record. He told me that whenever he tells people about his goals he never achieves them. I told him I was disappointed too but next year he can come back and try to break an 8th grade record. I also told him that personally, I have found when I tell people about my goals I achieve them more often than when I don’t inform people because of the added pressure this puts on me.
So here we are, thinking his chances to beat a record this year are done…and then the universe begins to conspire for him. The sequence of events that happened next are hard to believe — let me outline them for you here.
The runners line up. The first runner on his relay team takes off like he was being shot out of a cannon and gets a comfortable lead. As he finishes the second boy extends their team’s lead. This boy hands off to my son and he starts running faster than I have ever seen him in my life. He ends up finishing his 400M leg of this relay in 60 seconds flat. The final boy crosses the finish line at 3:56 — a full 4 seconds better than the school’s 8th grade record!
We laughed on the entire drive home that night as we recounted all the unbelievable coincidences…
… that put him in the position to achieve that incredible accomplishment!
My little guy set a goal, worked steadily toward it and the universe conspired to not help him beat the 7th grade record as he originally intended but an even more impressive 8th grade record!
I have just one question for you — What goal will you set today?
Originally published at www.smarthwp.com.
Originally published at medium.com