18' 1" Olympic Trials 2008

18' 1" Olympic Trials 2008

Monday, August 1, 2011

Everything You Can

I am not one to think backward, but sometimes it can have a useful purpose. If you think back on your career as an athlete can you say “I did everything I possible could to be the best I could possible be.” I don’t think many people can say that honestly. Somewhere along the timeline you made a compromise, or many. You did something you knew wasn't in the best interest of your career. It could have been one occasion, it could have been several occasions, it could be something you are doing right now, yesterday, 10 years ago. Without that compromise, could you have……..
The idea is not to dwell on the thing you know held you back in the past, it’s to learn from it. If you plan to press on in your career you know now that you can choose not to compromise, not to conform. You can remove that crutch from your life, or you can continue to try and work around it without the outcome you so desire. If you are not willing to give it up, you are not truly dedicated to your dream.
That dream, the one that has always been your ultimate fantasy. When you close your eyes and see yourself there, it’s magical, amazing, but far away, and bordering impossible. The sacrifices that must be made along the way are what make the impossible dream a very possible reality. Imagine, living your dream. It’s a cliché heard regularly in normal conversation, but what does that really feel like. It must be so overwhelming and beautiful. Like the warmth of the sun on your face after a cold hard winter. This is a feeble metaphor, for words and phrases are likely not enough to describe the bliss of it. To really know it, you are the only one who can understand it, by closing your eyes and being there.
You can live your dream. But you must let go of everything holding you back. Everything. 

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