Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Flying High on Adventure

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
Leonardo da Vinci

They say there is an art to flying, or rather a knack. They say the bird and bee can fly because they have perfect faith and have not been told that flying is impossible. They say we are born without wings. Yet, the sky is the limit. However, there are people on this earth that have done the unattainable. They have accomplished what mankind has deemed impossible. 

The impossible that is, until one man or women overcomes it - then almost immediately others will do the same, breaking one barrier at a time, proving that our pursuit of excellence is limited by psychological barriers that we impose on ourselves.  
So perhaps, the answer to being able to fly is not the lifting off, but the ability to hurdle yourself off the ledge and miss the ground. Because, once you have tasted flight, you will always long to return. That is what makes us human. That is what makes us strive for excellence and attain the highest standards of performance. After all, if none of us pushed beyond the barriers to overcome the numerous obstacles, our nation would be filled with believers of limitations.

Lately, with the summer Olympics in full swing, there has been a lot of buzz about how greatness is not found in a single strand of DNA. It is not elusive or only given to a select few, but alive in each one of us. Greatness is not something you are born with, it is something you earn. Each one of us, every one of us, has greatness. All we have to do is find our commitment, our focus, our confidence, and mental readiness to imagine we can soar. If we align every aspect of our life to interact, to match our goal, we can achieve our own excellence.

If you have children, start this at a young age. Teach them that they can be a super hero for the day or a professional athlete on a track developed in your own front yard. Build their confidence, establish their focus, start their pursuit. Because just like the world's greatest performers or achievers, we are all made of the same flesh and blood. We all have greatness. The difference is their focus is their strength.

Achievements are our life's highlights. They make us feel alive. They absorb us completely and move us to a place where we are wanted. When we engage in sport or other meaningful pursuits, we are able to obtain these wide range intense emotions that are hard to find elsewhere.

That is why, for our 60 minutes of activity today we have chosen to reach new heights. Today was about asking the kids what they wanted to do most. What they have always wanted to try. Without hesitation, our oldest son, whose passion is devoted to biking, started making a makeshift bike jump using the front walkway as his runway. We joined in and helped sturdy up the jump.

Without the slightest pause in thought of crashing or being disappointed, he quickly rounded the driveway. With a widening sweep around our truck he built his speed and aligned for the jump. With tires screaming down the center of the ramp, he held control of his handle bars, cleared the ground, and made the landing. That was his confidence builder. That's all it took. A foot high jump that was monolithic in size to a six year old boy who all he wanted to do that day was get his bike off the ground. 

The next few hours were devoted to perfecting the jump, making it higher and hitting it with more speed. He wrecked a few times but it didn't distract him. His focus remained on flying, if only for a split second.

This is what achievement is all about. Each one of us needs an outlet. A way to express ourselves and feel alive. To feel as if we have accomplished what is important to us even if others don't get it. We all are into different things.

Yet, isn't it human to look to the sky and vision flying. Perhaps, we weren't born with wings, but we should do everything we can to enable them to grow.

Find your pursuit of excellence. Find your runway.
Find your Greatness!

1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed the post today my son built a jump today after we watched the video, I think he is addicted.