Never Give up
“Never give in — never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” ~ Winston Churchill
“You will fail at some point in your life. Accept it. You will lose. You will embarrass yourself. You will suck at something. There is no doubt about it. … Never be discouraged. Never hold back. Give everything you’ve got. And when you fall throughout life — and maybe even tonight after a few too many glasses of champagne — fall forward.” ~ Denzel Washington
“Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.” ~ Nelson Mandela
“The only thing that I see that is distinctly different about me is I’m not afraid to die on a treadmill. I will not be outworked. Period. You might have more talent than me, you might be smarter than me, you might be sexier than me; you might be all of those things – you got it on me in nine categories. But if we get on the treadmill together, there’s two things: You’re getting off first, or I’m gonna die. It’s really that simple, right? … You’re not going to outwork me.” ~ Will Smith
The following is an excerpt from The Rise by Sarah Lewis. It is an inspirational story of Julie Moss’s near win in the 1982 Ironman when she lost complete control of her body and how, out of sheer will and determination, was able to cross the finish line crawling on her knees. It’s a story that will motivate you to push a little harder the next time you go to work out – That’s for sure. Continue reading
“There’s an importance of keeping an open mind. The brain is programmed to protect us, and that can mean imposing limits on what it thinks we can or should do. Constantly push at those limits, because the brain can be way too cautious.” ~ Chrissie Wellington
In A Life Without Limits, Chrissie Wellington shares with the reader her story of going from being a college graduate with two degrees and a career in international development to becoming a four time World Ironman Champion (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011) – and thoroughly proves in her story just how much the body is capable of achieving when the mind is trained not to give up!
‘The mind will always give up before the body’ is one of the mantras that I have leaned on for strength when I’ve found myself in the midst of a grueling workout. After reading Chrissie’s story, as one might expect, my definition of just what a ‘grueling‘ workout would be has expanded and gained new meaning. An Ironman race is a seriously challenging event that consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a marathon 26.2-mile run, raced in that order and without a break. Like, who in their right mind…?
“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.” ~ Albert Einstein
Book Overview: Chrissie Wellington is the world’s No 1 female Ironman triathlete, the current quadruple World Champion and World Record holder. Her victory in Kona, Hawaii in 2007 finishing in 9:08:45 – five minutes ahead of her nearest rival – was described as the ‘biggest upset in Ironman history’ and ‘a remarkable feat, deemed to be near impossible task for any athlete racing as a rookie at their first Ironman World Championships’. This is the remarkable story of how a Norfolk girl – a ‘sporty kid, swimming, playing hockey, running, but never excelling and always more interested in the social side of the sports scene’ – became a world champion.
“Some of my greatest pleasures have come from finding ways to overcome obstacles.” ~ John Wooden