Sometimes You Get What You Want

Posted: August 4, 2010 in It's All Important Stuff

There has been a theme to my last few blog entries.  I hope you already know what it is, but just in case….we are talking about taking control of your life and focusing on your choices.  It is entirely possible to be a balanced triathlete, with many interests outside of racing and a strong connection to family.  Chris Macca is arguably the best active Ironman Triathlete.  He has achieved this, in large part, due to this balance.  He is clear about what he would like to achieve.  He has an excellent support system around him.  And, he provides excellent support to those around him in return.

Chris wrote a couple of years ago…

These Ironman races whether they be in Australia, Germany, Hawaii or anywhere in the world are character building. There really is no other sport that allows someone to really look deep inside themselves for such a long period of time and assess what their real desires and motivations are. You just cant fake it. If you are racing for the wrong reasons, it quickly bubbles to the surface in an Ironman. You cant hide from yourself, and I think this is why these events are so emotionally draining as well as physically. These events build character like nothing else. If I was assessing my race on a performance or outcome point of view, then I could be mistaken for saying that my race was a failure. But when you are honest with yourself, and look deep inside yourself I am over the moon with my performances.

Being an adult athlete should not completely define who you are. The assets you bring, from all sources, will help you achieve the results you seek and can greatly enrich all aspects of your life.  At the same time, you have a right to the happiness that can come from a full and joyful life.  You will likely need to be prepared to ask for this and protect it from decay.  Achieving your best results can only come when all aspects of your life are in balance and harmony.  More importantly, you can only fully enjoy what you choose for yourself by understanding what it is that you want, asking for it and returning to others what you seek.

It’s ok to seek, ok to ask, ok to expect, and ok to give fully in return.

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