“[Success] is not about beating the other guy. It’s not about having more than the others. It’s about being what you are, and being as good as possible at it, without succumbing to all the things that draw you away from it. It’s about going where you set out to go. About accomplishing the most that you’re capable of in what you choose. That’s it. No more and no less.” ~ Ryan Holiday, Ego is the Enemy
“If you want to play the game and win, you’ve got to play ‘full out.’ You’ve got to be willing to feel stupid, and you’ve got to be willing to try things that might not work – and if they don’t work, be willing to change your approach. Otherwise, how could you innovate, how could you grow, how could you discovery who you really are?” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within
“Every time you stay out late; every time you sleep in; every time you miss a workout; every time you don’t give 100% – You make it that much easier for me to beat you.” ~ Unknown
Whenever I find myself wanting to sleep in, skip a workout, or turn down the intensity, I try and think of this quote – because it almost always pushes me forward and through.
When you’re in competition mode, you have to go above and beyond what your competition is doing – it’s the logic of winning.
And as far as I know – when I’m sitting there feeling lazy, tired, unmotivated and wanting to check my Facebook – my competition has already finished their workout, plus some.
They went above and beyond and ate healthy too; or had a bonus session on top of their regular workout; or read a book on taking the competitive edge!
Think about a time when you won – by a lot.
Think about what was going through your mind…
- “Who’s ready to celebrate?!”
- “What are we having for dinner?”
- “All of my hard work has finally paid off.”
Think also about a time when you lost – by a lot.
Think about what was going through your mind after that…
- “This isn’t for me.”
- “I’m ready for bed… It has been a long day.”
- “I don’t even want to think about competition anymore.”
Now, think about a time when you almost won – but didn’t.
“If there is one thing I have learned, particularly in my life as an athlete, it is that our limits may not be where we think they are. And, even when we think we’ve finally reached them, the next time we go there exploring we often find that they’ve moved again.” ~ Chrissie Wellington, A Life Without Limits
“The key is to trust in your preparation. You have done all you can, so focus on that fact. You will remain the same person before, during and after the race, so the result, however important, will not define you. The journey is what matters.” ~ Chrissie Wellington, A Life Without Limits
“Never try to be better than someone else. Learn from others, and try to be the best you can be. Success is the by-product of that preparation.” ~ John Wooden
“Players with fight never lose a game, they just run out of time” ~ John Wooden
“If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.” ~ Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Workweek
“The combination of creative energies and the need to perform at the highest level to keep up with peers leads to an otherwise unattainable commitment to excellence.” ~ Ken Robinson, The Element
It’s that time again. Time to get psyched up, time to step up the training, and time to get back in the ring and compete. It’s always an exciting time and it doesn’t matter how many times I’ve done it before, the anticipation of getting back in the ring always leaves butterflies in my stomach.
“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.” ~ Pierre de Coubertin, Founder of Modern Olympic Games