This Man Gives Goosebumps
Watching the Winter Olympics has been a really inspirational experience for me. Sure the events range from the exciting to the (apparently) mundane, but regardless of whether people are racing through the air or exploring the limits of their physical potential, one thing is clear: this is the event of their lives, the world is watching, and they have only one shot.
There is something incredibly powerful about watching people in their defined moment that is electric. Despite years of practice and analysis and probably a good measure of luck, it all comes down to one event. One race against the clock. One shot in front of the judges. One chance to let what we do define who we are.
It’s powerful precisely because everyone else is also in a similar position at the same time. Some of the best never make it to the finish line because of a fluke, because they pushed too hard, or perhaps because of equipment failure. That uncertainty is part of what makes living in that moment so powerful — the outcome is up in the air.
Of course these athletes compete at the highest levels all year long, dedicating their lives to the pursuit of Olympic glory. But there is no law limiting heart, dedication, drive, focus, or compassion to the Olympics…these are personal choices.
I think we compete in endurance sports because we have a chance to do the same. To train for a moment, a defined day, a place and time where we can put our preparation, body and mind to the test against the course…the elements…the competition. While the world might not be watching, it still means the world to us.
All of our hard work and focus builds up to one point in time. To that moment, standing on the starting line waiting for the gun to go off. You are nervous, alive. Full of anticipation. You have goosebumps everywhere possible. The countdown begins and your event is about to start…are you ready?
Of course, it’s February and your key event is probably a long way off. But being able to capture that moment and stay focused on it as you train, can be incredibly powerful. Get that starting line visual lined up and leverage it for your motivation. Know that there is a point in time this year when you will not be able to do anymore work; there will be no more time to prepare, only to act. That time can be yours for the taking if you are prepared. Get to it!