When we talk about chasing our dreams, we typically have a starting point, and an end goal.
There is often the middle steps – the part we talk about a bit less.
Obviously the stepping stones on the path to where we hope to end up.
Unlike a hamburger, the middle bit seems to be the least important.
When it comes to goals – or dreams – the most important part is where we started, and where we ended. Or at least thats how it seems.
However when we take a look at Team Canada’s World Cup team, the stepping stones are so very important.
If we take a look at our first step, our starting point, we have to go back to 1986.
This is the last time Canada played in a World Cup, which could imply that this would also be our first step into making our way back onto the world stage.
Now it may feel like the vast majority of the stepping stones leading the way from 1986 until now don’t mean anything – however if you’re a player, or specifically a player on the team currently – I beg to differ and fully believe that these current players will tell you a different story of their journeys and each individual step they’ve taken to get to where they are now.
Every meal, every practice, every pair of lucky socks – all little things that put together and built up mean something to these men.
Now the end goal of getting into the World Cup is pretty typical – to obviously win the World Cup trophy.
Glory to the winner and the country lucky enough to bestow them.
After majority of the teams thus far have had the opportunity to play two matches this far into the competition, we’re starting to get a pretty good depiction of where strengths and weaknesses lay in this battle.
When it comes to Canada however, sadly we know at this point our journey is quickly coming to an end.
We know that 2022 will not be our year to lift a trophy on the world stage, so our end goal may have slightly shifted.
However when we look at the stepping stones we’ve taken along the way, they are end goals in themselves.
Canada’s goal at the World Cup this past weekend was historic.
It may not have been the goal that won the trophy, or in fact even the goal that won the game. But it was historic none the less.
It was our first – EVER – goal in the World Cup.
This in itself is a goal.
While we know we will never make it past the group stages, and our ultimate goal of lifting trophy won’t come to fruition, we can find ourselves another goal to replace our end goal and hopefully tide us over until four years from now when we hopefully find ourselves in the same position.
And as we put time aside and wait to make it to our end goal, we find ourselves looking at the stepping stones.
And this next stepping stone can be as ‘simple’ as winning the next game.
A win it itself would be historic on a Canadian front.
Thus making our stepping stones almost as important as the end goal itself.
Its much like the old adage of ‘shoot for the moon – even if you miss you’ll land amongst the stars’, and its true.
In life, even in our individual journeys, its important to set goals.
Even as a company we’re constantly striving for greatness, to be the best and to produce the best.
However all the little steps along the way are just as important.
Everyone that walks through our doors, or enters our lives – they all play a part.
Some of them are the stepping stones, some of them maybe the ultimate goal.
All of them important.
So even while we strive to be the best that we can be, sometimes we have to take the little win’s along the way for what they are.
Build ourselves up on these stepping stones so that when one day we do reach that ultimate goal – we’ll have pivotal moments in our lives to look back on and reflect on all the sacrifices and wins we made along the way.
Guest Blogger Rayna Davies
Rayna is the Office Manager at Sentinel Security, as well as the main blog contributor.
With foundations firmly routed in Business administration, Customer Service, and Management, she brings years of experience to her roles both within the Sentinel office, and the blog.
Having grown up with a father who has developed an expertise in Physical Security and Executive Protection in the RCMP and two major corporations, she has personally observed and experienced many security details. These experiences have included personally meeting HM Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Jean Chretien and many celebrities.
Her passions include spending time with her husband and two young children, world travel, reading, writing, and pushing herself to always look for the silver lining.