Jason Womack. one of my favorite productivity bloggers, wrote about his visit to the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.
One thing I wanted to share via this blog today was this quite that is up on the walls of the facility, as well as on the business cards of everyone working there. Here it is:
"It's not every four years, it's every day."
And, the two athletes I met, as well as the dozens I watched that morning, seemed to exhibit this sentiment.
I took the tour, and along the way met a gymnast and skeet shooter. They were there, in residency, both preparing for China. What I find so impressive (and inspiring) is that EVERY day they practice, they are visualizing their upcoming events, half a world - and more than two years - away!
That visit last September changed me. I'm much more interested in making each day the best it can be. I've got today, and what happens today will ultimately manifest into what shows up in my life... I don't have a countdown like our Olympic athletes do, but I can use their motto. It's not just once a lifetime, it's every day of that lifetime...
The thing that struck me when I saw this is that there really is a clock pruning. It’s not a clock on the Olympics, or a performance clock in any usual sense of the word. But the clock is ticking. Jesus, the Christ, really is coming back…maybe not too far in the future.
If we had a countdown clock on his return, how would we live our lives differently? To whom would we speak? In what would we involve ourselves? This isn’t supposed to be a guilt thing, but the clock is running down. It’s not just once every two (or three) thousand years, it’s today.