Achieving goals is a process, It matters where you end.

February 3, 2020

What matters is where you end..as I finish up a workout, I am thinking about how far away my goal is. This is a familiar situation and I usually tend to fall flat. I get really excited about hitting a goal and then get distracted with something else before I finish the task. In order to grow, I need to remember that along the way setbacks will happen and routines need to change.

Turns out, had I put in the work, things may have changed in 8 weeks.

Things have naturally come easy for me. I haven’t had to learn how to always work hard. When it comes to sports, observational learning is key. I can watch someone do something and then make my body work in a similar fashion. This means that I am OK at most everything and stand out in nothing in particular.

As I am getting older, I realize that my body is changing and things that have come naturally are not as easy to maintain and goals are harder to reach. I have been “training” for a little less than 2 years. What this means is I have watched a lot of training videos and done some of the workouts. I guess I thought I would accomplish more in a short amount of time instead of being in it for the long haul. I would think in eight week increments like all of the jump programs I had looked into. Turns out, had I put in the work, things may have changed in 8 weeks. And, maybe they wouldn’t have changed, maybe I would still be in the same boat that I am in now.

I felt further away than ever. I just couldn’t get high enough.

There are no injuries preventing me from obtaining my goal. The only thing stopping me is me. I try to find time during my day to get in a workout. 20 minute sessions are just not cutting it. I lift weights and do partial workouts. I have seen a small amount of success. Just enough to make me know that I need to work hard in order to consistently hit goals. This past week, I was flying, at least for a near 40 year old. The beginning was achieved. A few clean jams down. I did not record because I thought to myself that this was the beginning. I said if I can do it today, I can do it when we film next. Long story short, I did not dunk while the cameras were rolling. In fact, I felt further away than ever. I just couldn’t get high enough.

Short hoop dunk
Easy two hand slam on a low rim

What followed on Saturday afternoon was sadness and to be honest, quite a lot of anger. I felt like an idiot because I was telling the other guys I could do it, and I couldn’t. Frustration set in. There is a need to evaluate what is working and what isn’t. Why could I dunk one day and then not the next. I felt rested and I felt good so what is holding me back?

I suppose all those weeks and months of training just half-assed lead me to reach my goal half-assed. Spotty training leads to spotty results. I am now going to have to try and work that much harder to be that much better. I have a sweet, sweet, taste of what it is like, even if I don’t have the proof. With the snow setting in tonight, I will not be able to test my vertical again tomorrow but you better believe I will keep working hard and keep trying to remember, it doesn’t matter where you start, what matters is where you end. Until next time.

-Adam