Almost everyone is familiar with the story of David and Goliath, the story of a young boy who defeats a mighty giant with just a sling and a stone. The young boy stood up to the giant, Goliath, when all others resisted or were afraid to face Goliath in battle.
What are some of the giants or Goliaths in our own lives that we need to face up to or battle? Do you have a Goliath in your life right now? If so, please keep reading. And if not, you may want to keep reading anyway, as one day you may come face to face with your own giant.
Now, I am certainly no giant or Goliath. As a matter of fact, I am about as average as they come, 5 foot 11 and let’s just call it about 200 pounds. And I used to be an even 6 feet tall, but somehow with age I have become the incredible shrinking man and lost some height and certainly some might.
But the other day I was in the gym and I was walking back from the water fountain when I witnessed a group of young boys bench pressing. They looked to be about 13-15 years old, and one of the boys had apparently just completed his max lift, his best ever bench press. I watched as he muscled it up, struggled, almost didn’t make it, but completed the lift with one of his friends spotting him in case he couldn’t do it.
When he completed the lift, he jumped up off the bench, high-fived his friends, fist pumped, chest bumped and was higher than a kite and looking and feeling strong and proud. As I walked back toward the area I was working out in I had to pass through a small area where they were, and as I did, the young boy was walking toward the water fountain and one of us had to yield to the other to allow the other person to pass through. I yielded to the mighty and proud young boy, gave him a smile and nod of approval and he walked by me with his shoulders back, chest puffed out and head held high.
‘Woulda, Shoulda, Coulda’
Again, I am no Goliath and he didn’t defeat me, but he reached a max lift bench press, a best ever lift, and even though I didn’t know him I was proud of him. It was apparently something he was pursuing for a while and worked hard to achieve his goal.
And it made me think, what is my Goliath? What is the giant in my life, even at age 52, that I need to battle and defeat? Are there things in my life that I am “gonna do?” Am I settling into a “woulda, shoulda, coulda” kind of guy?
This young David inspired me in the gym to reach higher, try harder and do more with my life. I know I can still learn more, laugh more and love more. I know I can be in even better shape, and I know that I can find even greater success in business.
But what I have to do and what you have to do in order to achieve this level is to first identify our Goliaths, recognize what is holding us back, set our goals and work hard to pursue the achievement of those goals. We need to defeat the giants that are keeping us from being everything that we have ever dreamed of being, doing or having in our lives.
How about you? Is there a Goliath out there? Can you be a “David”? I would love to hear all about your battles and victories at firstname.lastname@example.org, and when you set out to defeat the giants in your life, it will be a better than good week.
Michael Norton is a strategic consultant, business and personal coach and motivational speaker, and CEO of www.candogo.com. He writes a weekly motivational column for the Vail Daily.