Thursday, May 22, 2008
Winning is great, but sometimes just completing what you set out to do is enough.
Many of us have a competitive nature, if not with other people at least with ourselves. We get caught up in doing better than the person next to us, yet we lose focus on why we started the journey in the first place. Whether it's completing a triathlon, getting a one rep max that exceeds your goal, or even successfully completing something the first time you try it, there's always a reason why you started in the beginning. The people who succeed the most, are those who start a goal based on knowing themselves, and always remember it.
It's easy to lose sight of an original goal if something gets in your way, if someone challenges you to do more than you agreed, or if you get caught up in the moment and simply bite off more than you can chew. The reality is, all you can really expect from yourself is to be better than yourself. No one is like you, so you shouldn't compare yourself to those around you. We each have own talents and successes and they are ours because we worked for them and succeeded. If we gave up along the way, we have no one blame but ourselves, and if someone did better than us, then we should hand-out congratulations.
Keeping people near to us who impose great demands can be crucial to any training program, however they should remain reminders and not reasons. We are only as good as we make ourselves, and no one can take that away from us.