Archive | June 2017

Rule #21

Black Sheep Rebel Club Rule #21

If you really want to accomplish something, you’ll find a way to make it happen; if not, you’ll find an excuse to avoid it.

“There are many who find a good alibi far more attractive than an achievement. For an achievement does not settle anything permanently. We still have to prove our worth anew each day; we have to prove that we are as good today as we were yesterday. But when we have a valid alibi for not achieving anything we are fixed, so to speak, for life.” – Eric Hoffer

Excuses are a dime a dozen. Cheap and meaningless. It’s easy to try to justify one’s deficiencies in skill, knowledge, or fitness. “I already have my certification; why should I take another class? I’ve stretched a line a hundred times; why would I need to do it again? I was fit enough to get hired; why should I workout any more?”

We use past accomplishments as shields to hide our present weaknesses. An achievement should be commended, but its worth is fleeting. It is valuable in the present, but loses value in each passing day. We must constantly work to surpass our former selves. Yesterday’s best is only today’s average. Anything else leads to stagnation and complacency.

Super Bowl champions take time to celebrate, but soon return to offseason workouts. They know that a championship win this season guarantees nothing next season. The same can be said about success on the fireground and in life in general.

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The Perpetual Climb


Some believe mastery of a skill is like walking up a hill. One can take a break from practicing or working out for days, weeks, or months and simply pick up where they left off and continue on.

A more appropriate metaphor is that of walking up an escalator that’s moving in the opposite direction. Every time you stop, you lose a little ground. Every day you go without a workout, you get slightly more out of shape. Every month you go without practicing a skill, you become a little more rusty.

Professional athletes workout throughout the offseason simply to maintain their level of performance. So, why do we believe that we can go lengths of time without practicing a skill and maintain our proficiency? Why would we expect to go without physical training and retain the same level of fitness?

Keep moving forward and do good work.


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