Success swerves, so get used to re-aiming. -Sean Patrick Flanery
So, I’m on a flight that just left Los Angeles and is somehow going to end up in Portland. Keep in mind that Portland is North of L.A., and we just took off headed directly west. WELL… this got me thinking.
We went to the moon in 1969. The vessel was launched at an acute angle away from it’s target. Although the launching point was moving AND the exact destination was moving, a specific angle of trajectory and speed could easily be calculated to hit a pin head if necessary. But, the ship was not launched at either, as it was impossible to do so with some many variables constantly fluctuating. The trek was initiated with absolutely none of the necessary constant speed or directions set, but it left the Earth none the less. It didn’t even strike an accurate tangent for over 3 minutes, and when it did, it was only for a very brief moment. The craft was actually off course for 99.9% of it’s entire journey. We left the planet knowing that we were not going in the right direction or at the right speed, and knowing that we would be constantly presented with convincing reasons to simply turn around and give up. We simply left, with adequate scenario planning, knowing that our astronauts would have to have laser like focus, and make an almost infinite number of speed, attitude and directional changes. SO, we left our precious earth, and we did just that… we made continuous course corrections every single moment of our flight, incurring numerous variables that continually threw us off target, until we ultimately landed exactly where we intended to land.
We decided on a strategy of strict perseverance and resolve to achieve. We left the earth with absolutely no guarantee of success. But, we left nonetheless.
In 2013, and under similar conditions and technology, that ship would’ve never left Cape Canaveral… and never leaving the earth would have been an abject failure. Most endeavors don’t even get out of the starting gates these days until all conditions AND circumstances are pretty close to perfect. The only problem with that is that those things are NEVER perfect. The truth is that one will learn more about ANY goal the first few days of a pursuit than in the entire previous year of posturing, positioning, postponing & preparing to attempt. Certainly, there are safety precautions to adhere to, and adequate preparation is essential, but without first starting, finishing is impossible.
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” -Abraham Lincoln
There are always some people that simply fantasize about taking a 3 point shot at the buzzer for the win… and there are others who WANT that final shot, that NEED that final shot, those that won’t sleep if they DON’T take that final shot. There are players that fail repeatedly before becoming great… and those that simply remain on the bench because that initial failure is just too much to bear without a guarantee of success. Well, the guarantee isn’t forthcoming. It’s just not. You can get up and resolve to relentlessly pursue your dreams, or you can stay on the bench your whole life. The world is comprised of both types. Unfortunately in 2013, we have a very full bench, and we seem to be down a few players on the court.
Every worthwhile pursuit in life, is inevitably a necessary and consistent series of course corrections, and every fulfilled dream starts by taking that very first step, with absolutely NO guarantee of success… BUT, the step is taken anyway.
If you’re planning on starting something tomorrow, just know that it never comes. And THAT is why we’ll endeavor to shine… until it arrives.
God bless, and I’ll see y’all on the court… at the buzzer.
-Sean Patrick Flanery