Most athletes want to win. That’s why they compete.
Everyone loves the vision of glory, standing at the top of mountain, the national anthem playing in the background, or your name being called for the Academy Award, the crowd screaming your name.
This is the quintessential image of winning.
But before I go any further, the term winning needs some clarification.
It’s not the ribbon, the award, the achievement. Those are ‘symptoms’ of the kind of actions you have taken. But that’s not really what the celebration is about.
Have you ever watched the finish line of an Ironman race? The young, the old, the struggling, the challenged, athletes pushing loved ones, all crossing the line in an ultimate display of personal triumph, no matter if they are first across the line or last. I cry like a baby watching it. Every one of them a winner.
Because you see, crossing that line, regardless of placing, is a celebration of the true achievement, of overcoming the obstacles and the adversity and the pain and the fear and knowing you are bigger and more capable than you ever imagined.
Those who don’t cross the line are winners as well, for making the attempt, for dreaming of something bigger.
But most people aren’t willing to do what it takes to get there. They aren’t willing to sacrifice, they aren’t willing to go through pain, they aren’t willing to fail over and over.
So when you are going through tough times, remember this…
These are the times that make you special.
Don’t give up. Go through.
Take another step toward your celebration.