We set up an obstacle course at the playground today. My six year old son Massimo went first and logged 1:20.5 (one minute, 20.5 seconds). I went next and logged 1:43. “Dad” turned in a time of 1:00 flat. So Massimo enthusiastically jumped at the opportunity to beat his Dad and logged 0:57. Determined to beat my husband’s time I logged 0:43. Massimo, without doubt, clocked 0:35.2!
In chatting, Massimo told me that he KNEW he would beat our time. He said, “I knew I went too slow so I knew I could beat daddy and you.” I asked if he at least considered that he might not win and he looked at me with curiosity and with conviction said, “No!” (like what a silly question to ask).
Thanks Massimo for reminding me to be determined, without thought of failure. Because that’s how goals are surpassed.