To be the best that you can be is paramount to success. To be the best it comes down to two undeniable parts:
- Attaining the highest quality resources in training and performance; and
- The pursuit of passion
To sit here and write on which one is more important would be taxing and not an effective use of my time. They both clearly go hand in hand. I am going to write about the third, not so talked about key, support and belief.
This dream of mine Pyeong Chang, 2018 started as a fun idea that’d at the very least, increase my fitness into a whole new world. It’s seen a few smaller transformations as the months have gone on and this has provided me with a real reason as to “why” I am indeed following through and “what” it exactly is that I am pursuing.
It’s two-fold though – my dream is both tangible and intangible. I can touch, feel, live, smell and hear all the awesome that will come with winning races, making personal records and breaking them, training hard and skating fast. In my head that encompasses the tangible wins that translate to success. However, the intangibles are the reasons I can’t feel. Like the testing theory of overcoming physical barriers that I have always tried to break free of. This time, I’m doing it right. Not in a rebellious fashion but for the positive. Bringing awareness and hope to others in similar confining circumstances, be it physical limitations, psychological barriers or otherwise. Anything can be done, and I’m setting myself out there to prove this theory. It’s about damn time I give back to the folks that have helped me get to where I am today.
That brings me to my point; support.
Support is the third and most underrated key to success. The darkhorse, if you will…. No matter how hard I train, how great my equipment or coach or training is, no matter how much I develop my skills – none of that matters if I do not have the support of the fine folks around me.
That positive reinforcement and encouragement is sometimes all you need to truly understand you’re doing the right thing. And it doesn’t have to be constant. I have recently experienced little pumps of confidence in my journey from friends and family. They don’t even realize the power of their words or actions, but it really helps fuel my dream and put into perspective the “why” of this 4 year dream. I already feel successful and this ride has just begun.
I can’t wait to share my story with anyone that’ll listen. Here we go SOKO 2018 – dasDarkhorse