The Start Line: Part 1
Making my way to the start line of a race is very exciting for me. It is the place where all your preparation stands before your opponent and you are prepared to face the challenge head on. There is no turning point from there. It can be very scary as your adrenalin starts pumping and you can feel your heart beating in anticipation. Before any event, most athletes visualise the start of the race and how they will take off and finish strong. But sadly for most people, the Start Line is not a place that many people want to go. We live in a world where people are just better than us. We look at how fit or how successful other people are and convince ourselves that we will never be faster, stronger or better, so what is the use of competing. We love to stand on the side lines and spectate and marvel at other peoples talents. We seldom think about the starting point of the people we watch. What did they do to get to where they are? I can almost guarentee that they did not always start out great.
There is a starting point for everything and everyone. Every great accomplishment begins with a decision to try.
1. DON’T RULE YOURSELF OUT. –
No matter how bad you think you are, you will never know unless you try. Some people only try once and then give up. Some people try and try and try and try until eventually, they succeed. The human body and mind has incredible potential. We are like a piece of marble that is waiting for the sculptor. If we chip away at it every day in an effective way, we will begin to reveal the hidden treasure beneath the surface. Successful people have that PERSISTENCE to keep chipping, even if they aren’t the best. They know that further down the line, if they keep trying, they will get there.
2. START WHERE YOU ARE –
It does not matter how much you weigh, or how slow you are, or how smart you are, or how qualified you are. If you start today, tomorrow you will be further than you were today. If you come last or don’t get selected, at least you have something tangible to measure against. You can then go back to the drawing board and strategize different ways to improve.
3. FEAR –
Most people think of the start of the race for too long that it becomes intimidating. We think about our opposition. Will I have enough energy, will I have what it takes. Fear cripples us. We may have the best ideas but fear convinces us to stay away from the start line. Fear is the best selling excuse author in history. What if you had the courage to see your idea through, whether or not you would succeed. You will miss 100% of the shots that you don’t take, but if you try there is always that chance that you will make it.
4.PREPARE BUT DON’T OVER PREPARE –
I am guilty of creating something and then wanting to make it better. I spend so much time thinking how I can improve it, that I don’t even see my idea through to the end. I have sat on great ideas for more than 2 years before acting on them because I wanted my idea to be perfect. It is good to prepare yourself for whatever you may want to achieve but don’t train without ever entering the race. It is like saving up tonnes of money and then never spending it. The world is waiting for contestants who are ready to step up to the Start Line and show what they got.
What is it that you want to achieve? Don’t think about what you don’t have or what could make you better. Use what you have right now. Build from there and measure from where you are now. Start now!
By the way, I haven’t written in a while so I decided to make my way back to the START LINE!
You don’t need to be great to START, but you need to start to be GREAT!