‘You can keep going long after you think you can’t.’ I’ve been saying this to myself so long I don’t remember if this is my own quote or not. But it is most certainly a lesson I learned in high school sports. I can still recall: after a three hour (hard) practice you think it’s the last time and you push with all your might to finish, then exhausted, you fall to the ground. Coach says good job…. now DO IT AGAIN! You feel like you want to give up or that you physically just can’t.
But then you do. And you do that several times a week. You keep going and you keep getting better. In high school, I had a fantastic coach who spent so much of her own time to get us to where we could win championships. I didn’t realize the impact this had on me or how much of a life lesson it turned out to be for me until later in life. It was a priceless experience.
I try to keep this in mind as it has such practical applications for life both personally and professionally. So often, life tries to throw things at you especially in business – technical issues, loss of employees, vendor rate increases, etc. that you can often feel like you just can’t do it. But you can. The more you keep going, the more you succeed. “Success doesn’t always require getting things done right, but it does require always getting things done”. This quote isn’t my own, but it’s up there with the other one as something I remind myself of often.
Once I realized how much that lesson stuck with me, I reached back out to my old coach years after college just to thank her. We all have people in our lives that help us out at one stage or another. In our businesses, it’s no different. The connections we make through the Chamber and this business community are critically important, especially for those times that you feel like you can’t. We are here as a united business community to help ourselves but to help each other. It’s one of my favorite functions of the Chamber.
Remember: you can keep going…and if you need help – call us! We’re here for you!