Monday, February 1, 2016

Sue Aquila

A Potential Disconnect

by Sue Aquila

When I was younger I thought everyone had unlimited potential. The American way is that we are all capable of succeeding beyond our wildest dreams.

Flash forward 20 years later and I see potential differently. I have come to the point in my life where I am completely underwhelmed by potential. Today when someone describes potential it usually ends with a reference to a person's failure or their business failure. "But (insert name here) had so much potential."

Now most people will read the above paragraph and think, "Wow, she is a pessimist." Actually, I am a raging optimist who has come to believe that reaching our goals has nothing to do with our potential.

First Base

by Sue Aquila

I am not a baseball fan. I really want to be but it kind of falls into the golf zone: too much time and too little activity to be of interest. What I do appreciate about baseball is that it reminds you of what you must have in order to accomplish your goal. You can't get to home without touching the other bases. Most importantly, you can't score unless a runner gets to first base.

When I started participating (trust me, I was not racing!) in long distance triathlon, I noticed that something was missing in my performance. It didn't really make sense. I could run a mile fast, my FTP in a 10 mile TT was a new personal record and I had the training hours required to complete the race. Every time I raced, I would realize about halfway through that something was missing. I had no idea that I kept trying to score a home run by skipping first base.