Go for the Easy Pieces!

There I was, sitting on the patio watching the little sparrow tugging on the three foot piece of ornamental grass from our “Asian Garden.” He (or she) was committed to getting that specific piece of long dead grass to build his nest. He had a plan to build the best nest in the trees. And he wasn’t afraid of hard work, in that he tugged and tugged on this grass for nearly twenty minutes.

All the while, several other sparrows made many trips to retrieve 3-5″ pieces of grass and take them to their nest. I wouldn’t be surprised if they actually got several feet of nest building materials while my stubborn little buddy tugged on the well connected winterized blade of grass. Much to my amazement, the feathered little tough guy actually severed the blade from the plant. And yet again, another major task was at hand (or wing). How to get the blade to the nest construction site?

The meager tiny guy looked like an exhausted runner crossing the finish line of a marathon. As he tried to fly the grass would wrap around his body and disable his ability to fly. In what looked like a series of the Wright Brothers first flights, he flew only a foot or two, landed (or crashed), flew another foot or two, crashed and finally got to the tree. Flying up into the tree was another act of determination from this sturdy little creature.

At last, he finally got the 3′ long blade of ornamental grass to the site of his nest. Only to find that it was too inflexible to function as good nest building material. There, nearly twenty feet up the pine was a cluster of unused 2-4′ ornamental grass reeds.

Have you ever felt as though you’re tugging and tugging on your “Big Blade of Grass” hoping for the big payoff? Maybe your plan should allow you to pick up the small easy pieces and build a comfortable nest as opposed to aiming for the “Big Prize” and never getting it.

Make sure you have a realistic plan to achieve your hopes and dreams. Be Your Own Chief Performance Officer!

Swimming is the Priority!

Young Eric Shanteau’s effort in the Olympic 200 meter breaststroke beat his personal best. However, he came up 0.13 seconds short of qualifying for the last finals spot. Why is this important? Because Eric has been diagnosed with testicular cancer. (You can read more about Eric in this article from USA Today) He made the decision to hold off on his required surgery since he made the team. Now that his event is completed, he plans on returning to Atlanta to begin his fight against the disease. Eric is taking cancer on with the same attitude he does with his swimming competition when he says: “This thing stands no chance.”

Although there are those that criticize Shanteau’s decision to participate in the games and delay his cancer treatment, but it shows he clearly understands his personal priorities, is committed to a plan and has people that coach and support him throughout.

It is also clear to me that Eric understands how important life is and that you…Don’t Just Do It!