Life may appear complicated at times. I remember a time in my younger years when I entered a half Iron Man competition in Kauai. The first portion of the 1.2 mile swim seemed effortless. Then I turned around. The ocean current was now opposing me rather than carrying me. My arms tired. I felt like I was barely moving. Exhausted swimmers behind me were being yanked out of the water by the life guards. I refused to quit. The closer I got to shore, the more intense the current became. I felt like I was swimming in a rip tide. Finally, I reached the pier. I held on to the first beam while the ocean tried one last time to suck me back out. I waited for the next wave so I could use it to advance to the next beam. It took forever to reach the beach. I barely made the cut-off time. Everyone behind me got disqualified.
I found my bike easily. All the other competitors were already on the bike course. I climbed on to my bike and pedaled for 56 miles. My body was weak but my mind was focused. I kept thinking about the thirteen mile run at the end. I told myself, just get to the end of the bike ride, then walk if you have to, you can do it. I never got the chance. I finished the bike ride too late and was the first biker disqualified for being too slow on the course. The race officials needed to re-open the highway. It was an epic failure. My pain was doubled because this was the second time I got disqualified in a half-iron man competition. At least I made it further this time than the first race where my chain broke thirty miles into the bike ride.
Here's where the simple rule applies. I follow it every day. It works like this:
Be a little bit better today than you were yesterday.
That's it! It works for parenting. It works in relationships. It works in every area of your life. And someday I will cross the finish line in a half-iron man race. The first two competitions were my practice runs. The third time, I plan to cross the finish line. How about you? Do you believe you can be better today than you were yesterday? Let me know in the comments section below.