“We’re not in it for the short game, we’re in it for the long game. It can be hard to figure out which change to make right now, because that means giving up lots of other important changes. And I’ve seen people agonize over which change to make first, because they think the order matters. Sure, maybe it would be optimal to learn to meditate first, before making eating changes, but you know what’s not optimal? Making no changes. Over the long term, if you pick one small change at a time, you’ll have all the important habits formed. So honestly, just pick the one you feel like doing the most — the one that you’ll enjoy most.” ~ Leo Babauta, Zen Habits
“When you make a small change, your ‘normal’ adjusts. Imagine that you’re used to a whole set of conditions — if you deviate from those conditions very much, you will be uncomfortable. Going to live in a foreign country where you don’t speak the language, don’t know anyone, aren’t used to the food, don’t understand the customs, don’t have the same kind of home you’re used to … this can be very difficult. But if you make one tiny change, it’s not very uncomfortable. And after a month or two, you adapt to this tiny change, and it becomes part of the conditions that you’re used to. Your new normal. Changing your life in small steps like this, one small change at a time, is much easier and much more likely to succeed than making multiple huge changes all at once. Gradually change your normal.” ~ Leo Babauta, Zen Habits
“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
“Hard work and an open mind – it’s the only way to realize the potential that is inside every one of us.” ~ Chrissie Wellington, A Life Without Limits
“Daydreaming defeats practice; those of us who browse TV while working out will never reach the top ranks. Paying full attention seems to boost the mind’s processing speed, strengthen synaptic connections, and expand or create neural networks for what we are practicing.” ~ Daniel Goleman, Focus
“It’s no use saying, ‘We are doing our best.’ You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.” ~ Winston Churchill
“Unless you’re continually improving your skills, you’re quickly becoming irrelevant.” ~ Stephen M. R. Covey, The Speed of Trust
“Always surround yourself with people who are even more talented and competent than you.” ~ Stephen M. R. Covey, The Speed of Trust