I would like to introduce you to someone. Meeting this person could change your life from this day forward. You won’t be able to shake their hand. You won’t be able to exchange any words. And though this person cannot see you if you look very hard you might be able to see a look of confidence in their eyes. You might see the look of someone who has paid the price to get where they are. This is a person that looked at where they were and then looked into the future at who they wanted to be, what they wanted to do, what they wanted to have and they got it, they got it all. They paid the price to grow, to act on their dreams, to persevere through the doubts and failures. You will see in them that they have become victorious.
That person is you. Inwardly just now you might have felt a tinge of disappointment or doubt. Cast that from your mind! Anyone who is willing to look at where they are now and where they want to be in the future can become that person who as earned the victory. What lies between us and who we want to become is a GAP. Big or small does not matter.
Let me give you a personal example of what I mean. When I was a freshman in High School we had a neighbor by the name of Jack. Jack had been an NCAA All-American football player drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers. A knee injure ended his career. When I met Jack I was a freshman football player in High School. I would go to the Varsity games. I wanted to be one of those guys. In fact I wanted to be one of the best when I got there but I was thin, slow and not very strong. Jack shared with me what I am trying to share with you. He helped me understand how to bridge that GAP so that I could become that person who realized that victory when I became a senior. The me of the future would become fast, strong, muscular, confident and aggressive. Jack helped me look forward into the future that I want and more importantly what I needed to become. Over time the future became reality. Thanks to Jack I received the major awards of our area and an MVP trophy from my teammates. Over the course of three years I had evolved into a new person.
Another example, Arnold Schwarzenegger. I recommend his biographies. As a young teenager in Gratz Austria he enjoyed going to the movies. I understand his favorites were the Hercules movies starring Steve Reeves, formerly an American Bodybuilder. Then a dream was born. A teenage kid in Austria briefly caught a glimpse of that person he wanted to become. Arnold saw himself as a champion bodybuilder and American movie star. Over time the GAP was bridged and he became a person capable of being a champion and movie star. We all know the fantastic achievements Arnold has realized. The details of his story have long been an inspiration to me.
For the ladies, perhaps another example is appropriate. JK Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, struggled with a relationship with her father, her mother died of MS. The relationship with her husband was a difficult. She had a miscarriage. Eventually a daughter came. The marriage fell apart. She was alone, poor and on welfare. Add to that clinical depression. But as she sat on a train between London and Manchester she came up with a story to entertain her daughter. It was in many moments like that in which I imagine JK began to catch glimpses of herself and her future. Hard though it was she bridged the GAP. You can too.
What can you and I do to bridge the GAP? I will explain in the next blog entry.