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Team THINK STRONG - Veronika Patty
Team THINK STRONG - Veronika Patty
I am a triathlete! I am also a mom and a wife, a boss, a coach, a student, a friend and a motivator and in every aspect of my life I choose to THINK STRONG! I am committed to control my thought process and choose to think only the thoughts that are productive and that will strengthen my spirit. I am dedicated to energize, empower and support others despite any circumstances.

Are you the "never give up" attitude athlete?

teamthinkstrongby teamthinkstrongMay 5th 2010
What I wanted to write about today all comes back to the determination and the ¬"never give up¬" attitude that I see all around me when ever I am at a race or training with my local triathlon group.
Just recently I traveled to Maryland to participate in the USAT coaching certification course and sat in a conference room with some pretty amazing athletes and individuals among the presenters as well as my fellow coaches!
One of the presenters proceeded to ask us a fairly simple question? He asked ¬" when you get really, really tired on your run, what do you do?¬" A bunch of us raised our arms with replies like ¬"focus on each step¬", or ¬"talk to myself¬", ¬"just keep running¬", ¬"find the rhythm¬", ¬"visualize the finish line¬"! As the presenter paced back and forth in front of the room with a smirk on his face, he replied with a statement that just stuck in my head. He said ¬" If I would ask the same question to any other group, guess what the answer would be?¬" ¬"STOP RUNNING!!¬"
We all chuckled and thought it was pretty funny that none of us came up with that answer. I think the fact that we did not think of this answer spoke volumes about what kind of athletes and individuals sat in that room!
We hear so much about sports improving the lives of our children, and of course professional athletes must have the level of determination, drive and mental toughness to be able to compete and win. But what about the ¬"regular¬", the ¬"age grouper¬", the ¬"average¬' adult athlete? From the room full of athletes and coaches none of us (other then our presenters) were at a professional level. If we ¬"stopped running¬" no gold medal will be lost, no chance of representing a nation will be ruined! But still ¬"stop running¬" was not even an option for any of us!
Perhaps it could be that we all convinced ourselves that quitting is not a choice we will even make, so our thought process no longer registers that option. We all choose that thought! It did not happen to us, we made it happen!
Now you might see a pattern here and you are right. Because the way we control our thoughts is a skill that can be applied to any aspect of our lives, we can apply this kind of attitude towards any task ahead of us.
Today¬'s world pays too much attention to winning, and not enough attention to the process and the internal meaning of competition and the challenge itself! We hear world level athletes often speak about giving up everything to have a chance to win. Now don¬'t get me wrong I love triathlons! This sport taught me life lessons I would not have learned otherwise. It lead me to the self discovery of myself as an athlete and an individual. I embrace the physical and mental challenges and enjoy every minute of training and racing. But I also have a great job that fulfills me on a professional and personal level. I am a mother, a wife and a friend which are the most important roles I will ever take on. I am a student eager to learn more about different subjects.
My choice is not to sacrifice all or none of that. I am determined, focused, and motivated but winning or loosing a race does not determine what kind of an athlete I am or what my experience is like. I work with the time I have available. I shuffle things around and get things done. That¬'s what I do!
I wake up early to get my training done, so I can bring my daughter to the circus in the afternoon. I find the time to hang out with a good friend, and when there is a day where I don¬'t get my planed training done? I don¬'t sweat it! I move on, tomorrow is another day!
I know for a fact there are athletes just like me out there! Athletes who are competitive enough to care what place they come in, but that are in touch with their internal motivation enough so that it does not overshadow the experience they go through on their journey.
Today¬'s message is for athletes just like me!
Let¬'s be happy with the choice we made to fit ¬"EVERYTHING¬" in! Let¬'s embrace our ¬"never give up¬" attitude even if it won¬'t win us a gold medal! Let¬'s admire ourselves because we are always eager to be better and to learn! Let¬'s use the time we have to train as efficiently as we can and put as much effort into other parts of our lives as well! And most importantly let¬'s enjoy all of this! After all this is our choice!
phunt77by member: phunt77, Jun 9th 2010 21:18
Well said. Sometimes I beat myself up for missing a day. But it usually means that I get to spend a little more time with my wife in the morning. And that makes the dissappointment go away pretty quickly.
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