We like to take our family and get away from everything by going camping.
Recently, while camping our girls had made friends with a bunch of other kids. They were all hanging around playing at our site. I thought it would be a great idea to get the sling shot out and try to hit some cans.
They all tried and after missing three or four times; they were done. Realistically it makes sense. They don’t know what they are going to “win” from even just trying.
So first lesson is, always have a prize at the end of your challenge. Give yourself the reason and desire to fuel your dedication.
“When your WHY is strong enough, the HOW is simple.”
Now since they decided to take a “break” from it, my wife and I got to shoot.
We missed a few but coached each other to stay motivated. Pretty soon… we started to hear one of the coolest sounds ever…. “KNOCK!!!”. We hit the tree the can was on. We were giving each other high fives and celebrating. A few more “KNOCKS!!!” were met by the best sound in the universe. When you hear that “TING!!!”, you know you have hit it.
So the kids saw us having a good time and celebrating the misses almost as much as the “KNOCKS” and “TINGS”. They decided their “break” was over and they wanted to try again. They missed a few here and there and then all the sudden… “KNOCK!!!”. Literally all of them were so excited. A few more misses and “KNOCKS” later and one of them gets a “TING!!!”. This got them all very pumped and even the kids that kept missing were enjoying themselves.
How is this possible?
Well once they got passed the initial “what is in it for me” phase they grew as a unit. They saw that you could celebrate together as a team or family. When one of them hit it… they all hit. They also learned that the more times they tried the better they got. Pretty soon, it didn’t matter if they tried 20 times… all they needed was one “TING!!!” and it was worth it.
So the other lesson here is that anything you pick up can be an extension of your body. It can be a way to express yourself. You can learn any thing or do any thing you “want”. Just remember to be patient. You might not get it on your first, second or even third try. Just keep going!
Also, you must keep making small adjustments. Keep things simple and remember, “Little details equal big results.”
Most importantly remember that trying is greater than winning or hitting the target on any day.
Get out there and learn more, try more and you will do more!
The process alone will get you better at everything you do.
Guro Larry, Sonja, Lauren & Tori St. Clair
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