Be the (Iron) Man You Want to Be
Well January has disappeared with a poof and a bang!
We are closing out the first of 11 fantastic months for the year 2013, and I’m sure each will be more exciting than the previous. As I’ve said, the odd numbered years bring simply incredible things (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013) and the rest seem to build the infrastructure for that awesomeness. I feel like a Super Bowl with Nevada’s shining star (suck it UNLV) is a great start for the month of February.
By now, most people have abandoned their New Years resolutions and at the same time have finally developed a normal routine for the daily chaos that consists of the 24 hours of their life, seven days a week. Of all my previous semesters, I feel like I jumped into this one even more head-on than previous semesters and I have begun paying the price: I. Am. EXHAUSTED!
For whatever reason, I cannot seem to logic my way out of having to suffer the fate of having only 24 hours to work with every single day, day in and day out. I feel like I need 50… These days, it’s pretty tough trying to cram a 40 hour training month in with the MBA and work and dancing and somewhat of a resemblance of social activity while still taking care of my laundry, ironing, actually feeding myself, and getting sleep. Who has that kind of time!?
I am coming to terms with reality. I can’t do it all. I missed my swim workout, my favorite thing in the entire world and I was just too freaking exhausted to budge. So now I have to make up for it on the other end of the day, which of course, is already packed with things. Time to start canceling and rearranging I guess… It’s hard to survive life when you have multiple priorities that you would consider all A’s (or super critical) and can’t really budge on that. Triathlon is super, ultra-critical, but then again, so are my friends, and food, and sleep. Ugh! What have I gotten myself into!? And where the heck is my homework?!
I think of the role models in my life, especially my dad, and they all have many things in common. Here’s the list:
- Be awesome – The people I look up to in my life aren’t just good people or great people, they are awesome people! They go above and beyond the call of duty time and time again, consistently provide positive influences on those around them, and share their joys and their hard times equally.
- Acknowledge your weakness – I like to think that I never do anything wrong (hahaha!) but seriously, those who shine the brightest are the ones who know where their faults lie and they don’t attempt to cover them up. They simply deal with them as best they can and move on. People aren’t perfect, as much as it pains me to say, and you won’t be either.
- Admit when you’re wrong – Perhaps the most difficult thing to do is admit when you’ve made a poor decision, took the wrong path or even just flat-out made the incorrect choice. The good thing is people will respect you for acknowledging the blunder! Just don’t try to cover it up or blame someone else… you will get even more kudos for fixing the botched decision!
- Do the right thing - We live in a society where doing the right thing is well, rare. It’s unfortunate, but to rise above those who are just the normal folk you have always do the right thing, without compromise. Stay firmly grounded in doing the right thing and the rest will take care of itself.
- Be loyal – Loyalty may not be glamorous or thrilling but it is something that will again set you head and shoulders above the rest. Be there for your friends. Be there for your family. Be the employee you promised you would be. However, stay loyal to yourself first!
- Be a badass – You don’t have to be a badass physically (although that’s what I’m going for with Ironman). Combining all of these things will make you great and will give you tools to be phenomenal. Those who embrace these areas and use it as a positive influence in their lives will of course come out on top. Those who abuse it, well, good luck.
From here on out, every year will be known as the “year of change.” Oh well… bring it on! Who doesn’t like a good challenge?