Recently, I was a bit despondent about narrowly missing a spot on my provincial team to compete in the National Championship. But instead of letting it completely eat me up and make me quit the sport I love so much, I followed some advice that my very supportive wife gave me! She told me that I should take this as a challenge to prove the world that I can do it and that I should tell the world about it.
So I did just that. I had new resolve to look back at my season which had just ended as well as my triathlon career so far and think about what I want to get out of it. I decided that I didn’t want to quit my sport. I want to keep at it, I want to progress and I want to hit the goals that I have set for myself.
I then did something I have never done in the past. I shared my goals with more people than just my wife and closest friends. I posted my goals on Facebook which obviously shared them with all of my friends and family and something amazing happened. One by one people started liking and commenting on my post. I was amazed who liked the post and even more amazed by the people that commented and what they said. “Go For It!” “Never give up!” “Keep Pushing!” “Make it Happen!”
That was incredibly encouraging for me. I couldn’t believe I had that much support! Random friends I hadn’t heard from for a while, extended family, old colleagues, even acquaintances from other friends all shared their encouragement for my goals and aspirations for this incredible sport.
So I would like to encourage you to do that too. If you have goals that you perhaps haven’t hit yet, or you’ve had some set backs in your training or you’re just low on motivation at the moment, don’t let it get you down. Share it with some people. Tell everyone! The more people you tell, the more motivation you will be able to gain from their encouragement. This also has the side effect of holding yourself accountable to your goals to keep you training hard and consistently.
If you have a blog, share it there. If you’re on Facebook or any other social network, tell people about it! Even if you just have a social group that doesn’t realize or understand what you’re training for, tell them what your goals are and why you’re training so hard. They will all understand you better and most likely offer some encouragement for you.
Just to practice what I preach I would like to share my goals with you here too:
- I want to compete at SA Nationals in 2014
- In 2015 I want to represent South Africa on the ITU Circuit
- In 2016 I want to go on to make my country proud at the Olympics
I certainly have my work cut out for me but with the right training and consistency, I believe I can get there. Best of luck with your goals as well, and I hope that sharing them with the world will find some unexpected encouragement for you!