Today was a lame outing. I had plans to wake up early and get to the creek close to first light. I was going to explore as much of the creek as I could before I would have to leave for work around 10 am. At 8:30 am I was still tucked in my covers and was all ready to call the morning fishing trip off. Reluctantly, I got out of bed but still thought about all the excuses I had to not go. That’s when it occurred to me that going fishing today was not about just today, it was about accomplishing a bigger goal. One of my goals for 2018 has been to go trout fishing 200 times. This morning was trip 199. How could I allow myself to get this close and miss an opportunity to fish with only a little over a week left in the year and only one more outing planned? With this motivation in mind I hopped in the car and made my way to a urban stretch of a creek. Sleeping in, no effort, and low expectations lead to being skunked and seeing no fish. The results of the fishing trip matched my motivation this morning and the work I put into the outing. But I am still glad that I went out.