Thoughts From the Trail – Tracking Progress

Setting and tracking goals is a simple yet powerful way to make positive changes in your life.

— JMeyer —


A couple of weeks ago, I was in the middle of swimming at the Piqua YMCA. While taking a short break at the end of an interval, I heard a voice coming from the lane next to me, “Hi, I’m Caleb, what’s your name?” I said, “I’m Jay,” He then told me he was twenty-nine years old and liked to swim and asked me my age. Before I could mumble “60-something”, he said, “You look like you are in your 30’s.” I smiled and told Caleb he had just made my day, and then I pushed off the wall for another interval.

As I was turning to take a breath on my first lap after meeting Caleb, I caught a brief glimpse of him motoring past me and leaving me in his wake. I remember thinking, “This guy is fast!”

I few laps later, I stopped for a rest and noticed a lady sitting at the end of Caleb’s lane with a notepad in her hand. I asked if she was with Caleb, and she said, “Yes, I’m his mother, he has autism, so I can’t allow him to swim by himself, plus he requires me to record every lap he makes while swimming.” I told her that Caleb was a very good swimmer, and she said, “Yes, he loves to swim and recently won the state Special Olympics in the 100 freestyle and breaststroke.” I asked her what his times were at the state meet, and she started leafing through her notepad to find them and share them with me.

Inside this pocket-sized notebook are my daily training results as I build up to conquering Ironman Muncie on October 1st.

So many times, we make goals but never track them.

An old adage in the business world is, “What gets measured, gets done.”

The notepad in Caleb’s mom’s hands represented all the work he had done in leading up to a state championship and beyond.


What are your goals?

How are you tracking them?


Habakkuk 2:2-3, “And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.”


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