"You don't have to be great to start. You have to start to be great." This was the quote on the 19 km marker of the Hamilton Around the Bay Road Race yesterday.I mulled over the veracity of this quote for the next few kilometres as I trudged along. In my mind I was flying, but a glance at my watch told another story. I picked up my pace.
Over the years I've heard countless people tell me they would love to do karate but they aren't flexible enough, they aren't in good enough shape, they aren't fast enough, etc, etc. On that note, the thought crossed my mind that I probably wasn't fast enough to run this race, and so I picked up my pace a little more.
"You have to start to be great." To achieve anything in life, you have to start. Excellence requires service. If you want to be flexible, you have to stretch. If you want to be in good shape, you need to exercise. If you want to be good at karate, guess what, you need to train in karate.