This is one of my favorite videos and showcases some of the principles that I live by. This video shows why I commit my life to triathlon. The words I'm gonna show you how great I am constantly echo through my mind whenever I run into something difficult or need motivation. My journey of triathlon is one of learning to accept myself for who I am and to teach me that regardless of anything I can accomplish huge feats.
I realize that my greatest fear in life is to live an inadequate life. For me inadequacy means being suppressed of the wild adventurous spirit I have inside of me. This drives me to push myself and to become the absolute best in the world of triathlon. Figuring out who I am took a long time but now I know where to go with my life. Below I am going to talk about what makes a person successful. To clarify, success is being who you want to be and accomplishing what you want to accomplish. Figuring out what success is for you requires soul searching before you can apply the elements below.
Belief: In order to succeed the first thing a person must have is a belief that they can do it. You must have full faith that you can overcome any of the obstacles presented. In addition, you must have faith that you want to succeed. Often are motivation is false and we look to succeed for trivial qualities such as looking good to others, or being able to show off. Ask yourself what is my motivation for wanting to do well in this activity? In Ironman the motivation has to come within, the body is going to want to quit on you at points in the race and it is your belief in yourself that keeps driving you. belief also brings love and gratitude into the sport which are critical for success. By finding your inner and true motivation as well as believing in what you do, one discovers that they feel blessed to do what they do every day. You become infatuated with your sport and it is not work or a chore, it is life and love.
Preparation: The second quintessential element is preparation. Ask yourself how am I going to prepare. What am I going to do every waking moment of my day. I always say that success is in the details. In order to become better than others it is all about doing the little things in life. Everyone in Ironman is swimming, biking, and running. The way to get ahead is with little details such as how much do you sleep, what's your diet like, do you strength train. Don't overlook any component of what it requires to be successful in your field and execute it day after day. This is impossible unless if you believe in what you are doing and truly love it. Dont ever forget that the work will be backbreaking at times. However, the backbreaking work should feel good. it should only fuel your fire more.
Support: The final thing one needs to succeed is support from peers around them. Humans are social creatures and we all have highs and lows. it is the people around you who give you support even when you are broken. You need people that believe in you and support what you are doing. They will give you another kind of motivation, a motivation to work hard so that you can be with them at the end of the day. After all the meaning of life is to be shared and everything is better when you have someone to share your highs and lows with. This element will balance your life out and allow you to be human.
I'm gonna show you how great I am... Go out there and accomplish what you want. Put your name in the immortal books of time.