Don’t get so caught up on the finish line that you forget to enjoy the process. I know that sounds totally cliché, but its the truth.

We as athletes, or even as humans, want to get to the finish line as fast as possible. We want the results now, not later. But we must remember, what we do today, is building the foundation for that finish line podium.

Be excited about the future, but don’t forget to live in the present.

We can and should plan for our future destinations, but we should not have such tunnel vision that we forget to take account of our current surroundings.

This was a lesson I learned the hard way while in the Coast Guard. I spent more time focusing on getting out of the Coast Guard than I spent on being in the Coast Guard. Now I am not saying this is all wrong, I am glad I left the military when I did. I have no regrets about that.

But what I am saying is, instead of focusing on getting out, I should have focused on building the foundation for what I was going to do when I did get out.

The decision was already made, I was going to finish my service obligation and leave the military. After reaching that decision I should have focused less on counting down the days, and focused more on building the path to the exit.

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