Friday, February 11, 2011

Keep Showing Up

My legs were heavy today.  I am a (former) sprinter that is trying to convert all of those type 2 muscle fibers into type 1.  That's not very fun.  I have been totalling quit a few miles recently and even with a scheduled rest day, my legs feel heavy.  But, I am dedicated to my goal.  I read an interview today where the person was asked about how to achieve goals. Below is what I got out of it:
  • Clarity, commitment, discipline
  • Surround yourself with successful people
  • Visualize success over and over again
  • Keep showing up
  • Eliminate negativity
The biggest thing I got out of that was to keep showing up.  When you don't want to do it, just keep showing up.  When you don't feel like it, just show up.  When you feel like your training is not working, keep showing up.  When you feel like everything is going your way, keep showing up.  No matter what...keep...showing...up.  It's all of those little things that add up to huge accomplishments.  Keep showing up.  This is such a simple thought.  But it hit me like a ton of bricks.  Keeps showing up. 

The other bullet points are very good also.  In order to achieve your goals, you must have clarity of what it is your trying to accomplish, commitment to what you are doing, and the discipline to follow through with it.  You must also surround yourself with successful people.  Surrounding yourself with negative people only brings you down.  Successful people breed success and will only allow encourage you to be more successful.  And success doesn't equate money.  Success is accomplishing whatever goal you want to accomplish.  Visualizing success means to continuously see yourself succeeding in the situation you need to be in.  When Joe Montana won his first Super Bowl, someone asked him what it felt like.  He said it felt exactly the same as all of the others.  The reporter inquired about all of the others.  Joe said all of the times that he won it in his backyard growing up.  He visualized his success over and over again. 

But the biggest thing was to keep showing up.  Amazing.  For the rest of this marathon training, that will be my mantra.  Keep showing up.  Simple, yet amazing. 

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