Sunday, November 29, 2015

An Excuse is Like A...

The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50% of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%.--Andrew Carnegie

I've said this before and I'll say it again. I will never win a race. I started running too late in life. By the time I decided to become a serious runner I was already in my 30's. I didn't have the time to train appropriately and even if I had the time, I didn't have the knowledge. These are not excuses; these are uncomfortable truths that competitive people must confront before advancement can occur.

Know thyself comes from the ancient Greeks and unfortunately, in far too many instances, knowing who you are is getting further acquainted with the omnipresent mediocrity. Once people realize that they won't win a Gold Medal at the Olympics, the excuse now becomes lying to oneself. One might say, I can take a day off, it won't have an effect or what different does it make?

No one is going to sit out there and make sure that you go for your run. The only person that you have to answer to is yourself. Marathon champions, Olympic champions, National Champions all have inherent motivation to win a championship. They are motivated because their country will be so proud of they win. Someone's school will make you a legend if you win a championship. So yes, with that motivation, everybody is doing that extra little bit. There are no practices skipped.

But what happens when you finish at number 25,000 out of 50,000. Perhaps you finish 7 hours after you start. What is there to motivate you to do more? Maybe  we need to redefine what a win is. Most runners will never win an event. The idea that a win won't happen, a championship won't happen seem to be a disqualifying occurrence. One of the hardest things to do is to get yourself out of the door and run for no particular reason but enjoyment 

The battle lies within oneself.

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