“Pressure is a necessary evil if you want to achieve. It brings with it great stress, but you deal with it, and the redemption comes when you achieve things as a result.” ~ Chrissie Wellington
Competition is scary.
You have to step outside of your comfort zone in order to showcase and perform the specialized skills that you have built through training (for weeks, months, years, even decades!), against other competitors who have been training to beat you, in an area that is filled with spectators who are going to be watching you and judges who are going to be judging you.
“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
“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 think of this quote – and it almost always pushes me 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.
“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
“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
“Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life.” ~ John F. Kennedy
“I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.” ~ Mikhail Baryshnikov
“Competitive golf is played mainly on a five-and-a-half-inch course: the space between your ears.” ~ Bobby Jones