Once we change our dreams into goals by being specific, becoming accountable, and making them measurable (for how to do that, click here) we then have to give ourselves a chance to succeed, and then allow that success to continue moving toward more success.
In order to do this, we can follow the example of one Joseph “Jaws” Chestnut.
In the world of eating competitions, “Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest” is king.
For those of you unfamiliar with the contest here’s a little background from Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog’s own website
The Nathan’s Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest Each Fourth of July a group of 20 steely-eyed individuals line up behind a 30-foot table at Nathan’s flagship restaurant on Surf Avenue in Coney Island to begin the world hot dog eating championship. At 12 Noon, crushed by fans and media, the competitors begin the historic 12-minute contest.
According to archives, the Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest was first held in 1916, the year Nathan’s opened on Surf Avenue. The contest has been held each year since then, except in 1941, when it was canceled as a protest to the war in Europe, and in 1971, when it was canceled as a protest to civil unrest and the reign of free love.
In the entire history of the contest, when those 20 “steely-eyed” individuals line up against each other in this test of gluttony, there has been one name feared above all the others—Kobayashi.
In his rookie appearance in 2001, Takeru “The Tsunami” Kobayashi doubled the previous record by downing 50 hot dogs in 12 minutes (buns and all). This number was so unexpected, that as Kobayashi’s numbers got higher and higher, the organizers ran out of signs indicating how many dogs Kobayashi had eaten and had to resort to handwritten signs.
From the day he stepped on the stage of competitive eating, Kobayaski’s name was synonyms with dominance. He won the famous “Mustard Belt” every year from 2001-2007, breaking his own amazing record every year he competed, save one. Everyone believed him unbeatable, and the greatest competitor in the history of the game.
Everyone but Joey Chestnut. In 2007 Chestnut lined up against “The Tsunami” for the third time. His previous attempts were valiant—a third place finish in ’05 and a second place finish in ’06, where he lost by 1¾ HDB (Hot Dog & Bun),
2007 was different for Chestnut, as he finally beat the feared Kobayaski and set a new world record by eating 66 HDB in twelve minutes.
The question is how did he do it. How does a man eat 66 HDB in 12 minutes? Certainly not all at once. He has to do it one HDB at a time.
As we work to tackle our properly set Resolutions and goals, we would do well to follow Chestnut’s example.
He would never have reached his lofty objective by trying to eat all 66 HDB at once. He had to take them at his pace, a little at a time. Even though it’s amazing that he didn’t choke eating 66 HDB in 12 minutes; he would have definitely choked on 66 HDB all at once.
We have to look at our goals the same way.
If we set a goal and try to accomplish it all in one chunk, then we will choke on our failure. However, if we take our goals a bite at a time then, like Joey, we will amaze ourselves, an others, by the feats we “eat up.”
Look at your goals in small increments—break them down into pieces. Then, reward yourself for every piece accomplished. There is nothing that will spur us on than a good ‘ol reward—Problem is, if we have to wait until then end of the year to reward ourselves, all we get is a whole lot of discouragement and end up ready to quit before we begin.
If you have a resolution for the year, break it up into more manageable sections, and then reward yourself for achieving each section. Achievement yields achievement, just like success breeds success. Most of the time the biggest challenge in reaching our goals is our inability to allow ourselves to feel like we are achieving and succeeding along the way.
I often hear that people should have one-year, three-year, and five-year goals—and I think that’s fantastic. But, if you ever want to accomplish your one, three and five year goals, you’d better have one, three and five week goals to get you there.
Break it up, and enjoy the journey. Give your chance to feel great about what your doing right now. Give yourself the chance to feel like you’re accomplishing your resolution, and before you know it, you’ll not only set New Years Resolutions at the beginning of the year, but you’ll achieve those New Year’s Resolutions at the end of the year as well.
Check out part 3 of 3 in my next post
And, if you think you have the “stomach” for it, here is a video of Joey Chestnut’s triumphant win over Kobayashi.
FYI: Joey’s still the Champ. In 2008 when they changed the time limit from 12 minutes to 10 minutes Chestnut tied Takeru Kobayashi after eating 59 HDB in 10 minutes. The tie resulted in a 5-hotdog eat-off, which Chestnut won by consuming all 5 hot dogs before Kobayashi. In 2009 Chestnut topped his previous record of 66 HDB in 12 minutes by eating 68 HDB in 10 minutes.
Anyone want a Hot Dog?