It’s 11:10 a.m. on a sunny day in Genesee surrounded by tall pine trees and a view of the Continental Divide. It’s here that I watch a woman manipulate her way across a cargo net suspended 30 feet in the air. About halfway across the 40-foot long net, she stopped to gather her strength – both physical and mental. “Don’t stop until you’re proud,” she said and continued to the end of the obstacle. That simple mantra got those of us watching pumped!
Throughout our ropes adventure course we continued to support and encourage one another with those five words. And, each of our limits were different. One woman set a goal to take on each high ropes element – all equally thrilling and challenging. One woman climbed to the top of a tall pole and decided that was her limit. Still beaming with her own version of pride, and the rest of us so proud of her.
That’s why this quote really resonated with me. We all have fears, limitations and challenges that we deal with every day and there’s no easy formula in dealing with a task or problem. And, our own personal definition of pride can vary depending on what we are doing or how we are feeling. So I may feel proud that I got out of bed and went to the gym this morning, while your version of pride is putting in extra work hours to get a project 100% complete. What matters is that we recognize our own limitations, we honor those limitations and we feel proud of whatever we have accomplished when it’s our time to stop.
“Don’t stop until you’re proud.” The other thing that totally rocks about this quote is the “you’re” component. Meaning, who cares if anyone else is proud. Who cares that someone’s version of accomplishment and pride is different than yours. What is essential and empowering is that YOU are at the helm of your triumphs and YOU are the authority of defining your pride. No one else.
And, I am only too aware that we, as humans, innately care what other people think. That is a difficult truth to just step over. The other awesome component of “don’t stop until you’re proud” is it’s a baby step over that truth. Use these five words the next time you take a hike or sit with your family or complete a project. Take the baby step of knowing your limitation and when to stop, and then feeling proud of yourself for what you accomplished.
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