Posted by: David D. Daggett | May 18, 2009

The Lion Roared

The Lion Roared

         How do you start your day? Human performance experts, business leaders, and psychologists agree that a positive start to the day is a key ingredient toward success.

Last week I had the opportunity to be in Chicago for a few days on business. Early the first morning I led a group run along the Chicago lakefront, and then circling back through the Lincoln Park Zoo. The Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the only free zoos in the country. Further, it is open very early in the morning with little or no people (obstacles) in the way.

Leading the run through the zoo the first morning we anticipated seeing many of the animals. However, the animals were not out and it was a bit of a disappointment. So, the next day we reversed our route going through the zoo first, and then circling back along the magnificent lakefront. Again, it appeared that none of the animals were out quite yet. Then, we heard a booming roar. We assumed that the sound was coming through the speaker system in the park. Then, we rounded a corner and posed magnificently on top of a rock was a lion with a beautiful full mane again letting out the booming roar.

The sight of the magnificent lion was spectacular first thing in the morning. He was a symbol of royalty, power, strength, and leadership. After spending a few moments admiring the lion, we continued on our run through the zoo with all of the animals now out and awake.

After returning along the Chicago lakefront our group continued to be amazed by the majesty of the lion first thing in the morning. We have continued to relay the story to friends, coworkers, and family in order to relive and share the experience.

So, how do we start our day? Perhaps we should metaphorically get up, roar, and start off with great optimism and inspiration. Let’s start our day with a smile, program a positive attitude, get the heart moving, and love our families.

Starting our days positively, inspired, and ready for action is a key to long-term success athletically, professionally, spiritually, and with our families.

Roaring in the morning,


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