“Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
This past summer, my younger son Trenton and I completed a four-year journey to see a baseball game in every major league stadium. it was a 35,000-mile, 42-state, 30-stadium, multiple-hotel, countless-pit-stop trek which began with a simple statement: “Papa, wouldn’t it be cool to see a game in every stadium before I go to college?”
Sometimes the biggest transformations in our lives begin with a simple, declarative statement...
“I want to get in shape.”
“I want to stop smoking.”
“I want a better job.”
However, taking that first step seems to be the hardest and often times holds us back.
According to Russell Bishop, noted consultant and executive coach;
“The path to commitment begins with a single step, which oft times is the hardest. Our belief systems, our long held beliefs, often get in our own way, which tends to add to the difficulty. And the more we ruminate upon it, the harder it seems to get, so we give up or tell ourselves ‘it’s too hard or my past experiences tell me I’ll fail, so why do it?’”
The same can be said of our Y. It is sometimes easier for us to say “Let’s just keep doing what we are doing” or “Change is hard, so let’s don’t”. The inner struggle of wanting something different, something else, something more and the fear of failure, change, or uncertainty sometimes become so intense that we give up and settle on doing the same thing.
Yet, as our community continues to change and needs consistently shift, it is our duty to challenge ourselves and look at different ways to serve our members and neighbors. What was, gang, is not what is, and if we don’t begin to ask those questions or take those first few steps…well, I wonder if we will ever see a single baseball game.
This month, your Board of Directors will vote upon a new Strategic Plan; a vision statement that will begin to a journey of change that I believe will carry us forward into the next decade and beyond.
The power of the YMCA of the Foothills lies in you and consistent, long-time supporters like J's Maintenance, celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. Congratulations J's Maintenance! Thank you for many years partnering with the YMCA of the Foothills. As we journey into Fall, thank YOU for being part of our dynamic Y.