Everyone at first is like a rough stone. It takes time and commitment to transform that rough stone into a beautiful gem. In order to make that transformation occur, there is an 8 step process called a faceting process. This process is a very delicate process, and can be seen here at:
Now, you can see the difference between the rough stone and gem is significant, but it's not a simple process. One mistake could ruin the gem, and cause it to lose it's value, it's beauty... its everything. It's really interesting to see how the transformation takes place, and it's also really interesting to see that each of us is like that rough stone... and at any time, we could go through a similar process and transform ourselves into a 'gem', whatever that may be. Sometimes, the gem is not the physical you, but rather the characteristics of the individual. At other times, it IS the physical... but the thing is, whether it's your physical, mental, psychological, or spiritual self, you can change and you can transform yourself into whatever you need it to be.
The transformation of yourself doesn't occur in a blink of an eye. It's something that takes time and proper procedure. Taking the right steps will result in the transformation. People might only see you at whichever step you are, but they won't see the end result. We are always a work in process... and even if we do make it to a gem, we still need to keep ourselves polished in order for the beauty to truly shine.
In order to become that gem, you need to have a vision, a goal that you can see yourself achieving, and with that vision/goal in mind, you can take the proper steps to transform yourself to become the gem. Take the proper steps.... take them one at a time, and you will end up as a polished gem.
Yesterday, I ran twice. The first time, I ran 7.56 miles in 57:14, an average of 7:34 min/mile, and then that night I ran 7.44 miles in 54:34, an average of 7:20 min/mile. With that done in one day, today, I'm going to have to make sure to take it easy. Going through hard days, there's a need for easy days. This week, I'm planning on pushing myself, but not too much. I want to transform, but I also don't want to break down. Taking the right steps, I'm planning on transforming my body into becoming a beast at ultra running. Let's see what happens...