Vail Daily column: Just one more
The other day, I left my condo and headed for the gym. It is a short walk from my building to the gym, and the back door of my building usually sees a lot of skier traffic returning from a day on the hill. That afternoon was no different as I found myself holding the door open for guests and neighbors who had their hands full of skis, poles, boots and kids.
And then as I made my way up the path, I saw an amazing elderly woman who was carrying her skis on her shoulder like a pro and was making her way down the path toward the condo slowly but solidly. I would never venture a guess as to her age, but her spirit and energy was that of an 18-year-old. I stopped to ask the woman if I could help carry her skis into the building, and still wearing her ski boots, she smiled brightly and said, “Thank you very much, but I think I have at least one more walk in me.” Then she laughed and added this, “Plus, I have to show my husband I still have one more in me, too.”
Wow, what an inspiration for a workout. How many times had I gone to the gym in the past and shortened my time on the treadmill or stopped short of the number of reps I wanted to do? You know how it goes, right? I plan on doing 45 minutes and at 38 minutes I convince myself that was good enough. Or I plan on doing 12 reps and get to 10 and say that’ll work. It’s so easy to talk ourselves out of doing one more isn’t it? And I mean one more anything.
But not that day — my new friend who carried her skis inspired me to complete one of the best workouts I had in a long time. It was a little more time on the treadmill and a few more reps in the weight room because, as it turned out, I did indeed have at least one more in me, too.
We all have at least “one more” in us don’t we? We have at least one more sales call to make each day, one more friend to reach out to, one more customer to serve, one more employee to thank, one more hug to give, one more smile to share, one more person to forgive, one more minute to listen, one more moment of patience and one special person to love on a little more. We all have one more something inside of us.
Now obviously there are times when we have to listen to our bodies and know when we have had enough. Our awesome ski patrollers will tell you that it’s always that “one last run” that can get someone hurt. When the legs are done, it’s always better to take that extra run the next day. And if we are driving, it’s always better to have that one more drink at home so we don’t risk hurting ourselves or others.
When it comes right down to it, it is that personal drive, that inner belief and that tiny voice that can either tempt us to quit early or push beyond our goals and self-limiting beliefs. And that tiny voice can be so powerful and convincing when trying to get us to give up. It can be a real smooth talker if you know what I mean. It’s that other tiny voice that we want to tune our ears to, that tiny voice that says, “Keep going. You have one more in you.”
What’s your “one more” thing you could be doing? Love? Kindness? Forgiveness? Time in the gym? Patience? A smile? A hug? A thank you? I would love to hear all about whatever that “one more” thing is at firstname.lastname@example.org. And when we push through and beyond one more, it really will be a better than good week.
Michael Norton is a strategic consultant, business and personal coach and motivational speaker. He writes a weekly motivational column for the Vail Daily.