Today was my son’s first swim lesson. He had some trouble at the end of the short lesson and wanted to quit. As a mother, my impulse would have been to let him quit a few minutes early. After all it was his first lesson and, after all, he did great for 16 of the 20 minutes and, after all, he was hungry and tired. My list of excuses goes on…
Instead of my idea, the teacher looked my son in the face and told him “we don’t give up here”. He ended the lesson not a minute early and stronger and with a new skill. He was proud of himself.
In an effort not to jump in the pool to rescue my son (and give the teacher a piece of my mind), I had to think of the benefits to staying.
Then, I thought about Don Jonas. Don Jonas was my softball coach when I was 10-13 years old. I was his short stop and we had a competitive, fun team. At 12, I broke my arm in a horseback riding accident and was sidelined with multiple surgeries for about a year. When I finally got the last cast off my arm, I brought my weak atrophied arm to the softball field to get back to my team. It was the arm I wore my glove on and it was so weak I had to use my other hand to lift the glove up – work my wrist did a year ago.
It was a rough practice. I couldn’t field a grounder – at all. I kept pulling my head up afraid to get hit, I missed everything and I was getting frustrated. Again, I thought about calling it a day. After all, it was my first day back, after all, my muscle was almost gone, after all, my physical therapy had just started, after all, after all, after all…
I learned a huge lesson that day. Not only did Coach Jonas not allow me to quit (I actually don’t think the option ever crossed his mind), instead he expected me to work harder. I don’t even remember him asking my parents if I could stay longer, he just assumed we would. Basically, he said “we don’t give up here”. He hit me hundreds of grounders. I think the only thing he said was “you know you can do this”. I didn’t, but I was afraid to tell him that. Instead, I fielded grounder after grounder until I was no longer afraid of the ball, I figured out a way to compensate for the changes in my arm and I was picking them up one after the other and throwing the ball to first.
If you don’t have a Don Jonas in your life, get one, be your own and be one for someone else. Push through, work harder, expect more from your team, make more calls, become more of an expert, go to more events, add more value, get more creative, read more books, help more customers, get up earlier, try new things, do the impossible cause WE DON’T GIVE UP HERE.
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