For an athlete to be able to compete in a race, it requires hours, weeks and even years of preparation, hard work, and dedication. In an Olympic distance running, there are eight runners that compete for the biggest prize: the gold medal. Therefore, in spite of every ones’ effort only one runner wins. Now, you might ask: how can we compare our daily lives to an Olympic race? There are four principles that Olympic runners must follow if they want to succeed in a race. We can also apply these same rules to succeed in our lives.
This is the motivating principle. If runners do not have the desire or willingness to run then chances are that the runner will not continue with the rigorous training needed to succeed. If we don’t have passion or desire for what we are doing, we will not be able to even start the race. We have to be motivated in some way or another motivated in order to do something.
This is the training principle. All athletes must train for a race and follow a set of exercises to help them to reach their peak at the moment of the race. Like athletes, we should constantly keep practicing, training and building endurance to give our best when it is time for the race.
This is the self-discipline principle. Athletes devote a lot of time for their physical and mental training. They invest in their hard work and suffer for their passion. If we are not dedicated and eager to continue, it will be difficult to conquer and win our personal race.
This is the endurance principle. Many beginners focus on the beginning and attempt to go faster at the early stages of the race. However, the most important stage is towards the end. It is near the finish line where the winners get the most advantage and win the race. Just like the runners, we must give everything we have to finish strong and be successful.
Always remember that we must maintain our focus on the end goal: crossing the finish line. There will be struggles along the way that will undoubtedly test our will and discipline but, as the saying goes: “no pain, no gain”. Dig deeper and strive to maintain the four guiding principles so you can obtain a gold medal in your own lives.