Happy Thursday everyone,
It’s that time of year where the big race is fast approaching. The calendar is becoming more and more full, sleep is becoming increasingly inconvenient to find, the motivation has taken a kick in the ribs, fatigue is constantly flirting with the sharpness of fitness and drive, and the work just piles higher and higher. Also, our next holiday isn’t until Labor Day. Ugh! Sadness!
Three weeks from Saturday, I’m jumping into my fifth, full-length triathlon. It seems like the time has just gone so fast. I thought I signed up only yesterday and still had 30 weeks to train. Well, I guess that’s not quite the case… oops.
This year has been very good and yet very challenging. Training has absolutely been on point. I have new tools and training partners that have made it a great success, full support from my wife, and still have managed to be at home for the important stuff. The rigors of training has served as my escape from work. Where normally we have 2-3 projects individually, we are currently dealing with 5+, and jamming that into an already packed race schedule has been less than easy. Eeesh! I’ve seen improvements across the board in my sports disciplines, but have noticed a rapidly decreasing time spent with friends. That’s something I will have to continue to work on.
When the going gets tough, try focusing on these three things:
- Keep the end in mind – It’s easy to get lost, bogged down, buried, frustrated, and discombobulated when the world gets crazy. Keep your goals in mind! Focus on the end of that tunnel. Don’t lose heart. A mile can be broken down into 5,280 feet, each achieved by placing one shoe in front of the other. Forward motion, no matter how seemingly small or insignificant, will always bring you closer to your goals rather than sitting around doing nothing. Hope isn’t a plan, and hoping for change is like chasing after the wind…
- Listen to yourself – While the ways of man are definitely not always right or true, your inner focus and conversations with yourself will paint a very clear picture of the situations you are experiencing and how they’re impacting your life. Granted, you can’t take them on a day to day basis – you don’t want to lose the forest for the trees – but when similar themes begin to resonate week after week, you will have all the information you need to press on, take a break, or head off bushwhacking to create your own adventure. Don’t fear doing hard work or challenging yourself, but be cognizant when you have lost yourself amidst of pile of things that don’t really matter.
- Take care of those around you – It’s easy to focus on yourself when things get tough, but those around you are just as worthy, if not more so, of receiving your (undivided) attention, care, friendship, and engagement. I’ve never met someone who has gotten to where they are because of something they did solely on their own. It doesn’t happen. You have mentors, guides, teachers, colleagues, friends, rivals, and everything in between, all who shape, influence, and contribute to your life. You owe them the same in return. What better way than to cast your net of influence to help those around you achieve their dreams.
The image to the right is from Genius Quotes. I have found that some of my greatest journeys and adventures in life have sculpted me in ways I couldn’t even comprehend, and the end result is all the more impressive.