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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.

The attitude shift!

teamthinkstrongby teamthinkstrongDec 6th 2009
The attitude shift!
I was always perceived as the ¬"strong, self-confident, can handle everything and anything¬" type of individual. However most of the times I was completely faking it! In fact I used to doubt and second guess myself a lot. I avoided competition of any kind because of the fear of failure. Even playing a board game with my family was not an enjoyable time. The fear of possibly loosing (failing) was so big that I would rather not try at all. I took the first step by putting myself out there and started to participate in Triathlons. However, the anxiety before races and even my thought process during the race was completely ruining the joy I was supposed to get out of the sport.

My constant fear of failure kept me not only from enjoying my self but also from performing at my optimal level. My negative thoughts and worries didn¬'t allow me to ¬"showcase¬" my true abilities. I remember getting into instant panic mode whenever I saw a turnaround on the run part of the course. Running is my weakest discipline of the three, so every time I saw that there was a turnaround on the running course, I knew that I will see the other competitors coming ¬"to get me¬" and that usually meant an instant fear of failure.

I kept improving physically but my negative and unproductive thoughts were still limiting my performance. I decided to start working on shifting my attitude from being afraid of failing to wanting to succeed! I started to change my thoughts and focused on bringing positive thoughts to my mind. Looking at competition as not only a great challenge but also an enjoyable time. The shift didn¬'t happen over night. Just as I daily trained my body, I trained my mind as well. Don¬'t get me wrong, negative and unproductive thoughts still enter my mind, but now I am capable of processing and changing these thoughts to thoughts that are useful to me.

I look forward to the race week and race day, I always give it my all physically, mentally and emotionally. That¬'s all I worry about now. Even though I compete with hundreds or thousands of other athletes, what I focus on is myself and the distance ahead of me. If at the end of the race my performance is good enough to earn me a spot on the podium, that¬'s an added bonus. Competing in the race to the best of my physical and mental abilities is winning in itself.
 
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