You’ve all heard it. And if you haven’t, you should.
As I approached the final presentation to Angel Charity today with an amazing team of presenters (Luke Murray, Grupito Coach & Alunni; Nancy Jackson, supporter; and Marc Fleischman, Board Chair), I repeated the mantra in my head…
When you step up to the start line (insert: stage, interview, presentation), remember:
“You are not better than anyone else. But no one is better than you, either.”
Coach Ignacio has said this for years, and I want to take a minute to comment on what it means, personally.
I have spent the past 5 months putting together the request to Angel Charity to purchase our clubhouse and ensure that El Grupo and kids we serve have a sustaining center where they belong for years to come. I have had an incredible amount of support and guidance along the way. Many people, including you all reading this, helped in ways that moved me. They helped to remind me of why I was working so hard to get to that final presentation today.
We gave it our all. We had a damn good presentation and everyone there knows that. We were also up against 3 other fantastic non-profits also doing important work in our community. I don’t have a single “shoulda/woulda/coulda” because I know that we deserved to be selected as much as the organization that did.
We didn’t get selected as the finalist this year. And as bummed as I am on one level about it all, I am also so comforted in knowing that I didn’t hold anything back. (nor did anyone else part of El Grupo)
When you cross the finish line (or walk out of that presentation/interview/exam) and you know that you put the best “you” possible out there, there is no reason to look back – only forward to the next challenge.