I mentioned in my most recent post that inspirational quotes, and songs, and videos are a big part of my mental game. A number of readers contacted me to ask what quotes and songs and videos. So I’ve decided to dedicate Thursdays on this blog to talking about the stuff I’m using for inspiration on my journey.
Today I want to talk about the things that are helping me deal with possible success and possible failure.
I’m thinking about this recently because plane tickets have been purchased by me, my mom, and my Best Friend and his fabulous husband to come to Tempe for my Half IRONMAN is October. (My partner is driving up and bringing all of my stuff – this sport requires a CAR full of stuff. Dude.) It would seriously suck if my family took the time and expense to travel halfway across the country to comfort me after failing to finish.
Then today (sadly, like most days) I got a bunch of comments like this from internet trolls:
Interestingly I don’t publish my training schedule (a fact that seriously irks my trolls) so Irene has no way of knowing how much effort and training I’m investing, unless of course she is one of my numerous psychic trolls. But psychic or not they are there every day letting me know they hope I’ll fail, they know I’ll fail, they will celebrate my failure.
I’ve chosen a big goal (a little loftier than wishing failure on a perfect strangers over the internet), and that means that I could fail, and while I don’t relish the thought I don’t fear it, either. This is also the midway test of my journey, so failing at this IM 70.3 would not suck nearly as much as failing at the full IRONMAN next year. (Recently I was asked in an interview about my fears for the IM and I said that one of my biggest fears is not finishing my IM and having to decide if I’m going to try again – that is a thought that drives me when I’m tired during my training.) This journey is psychological as well as physical and dealing with the possibility of failure is part of that. So here are some things that help me with this:
Quotes of the week:
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly. – Theodore Roosevelt (yes, I truncated it, the last bit seems like that “lapping people on the couch” bullshit so I leave it off.)
I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. – Michael Jordan
Videos of the Week:
Song of the Week (with a little Hunger Games tribute thrown in for good measure)
If you want more stuff like this, feel free to check out my Pinterest Motivation Board Also, if there are quotes, songs, or videos that you find inspirational I would love for you to leave them in the comments!