Do you have what it takes?
What exactly am I talking about?
Some of the best feelings in life are when you feel like you improved. And not just any improvement like moving up a level at your job or learning a second language. While both meaningful and valuable, it's the moments in life when you overcome a challenge, typically with a bit of suffering, and you feel like you are really living life to the fullest, while doing something worthwhile with your body.
This is why it's commonly said that sports change people.
Being an athlete is a title that changes you forever.
I believe it's a great thing to be an athlete as it fosters great dedication, commitment, focus and passion to many other areas in life - not related to sports.
You can't deny that the satisfaction of proving something to yourself as an athlete, perhaps something that you didn't think was possible, is an invigorating feeling. Because the proving requires hard work, investments, patience and sacrifice, the journey of achieving something to improve yourself is often even better than the end result.
Believing in yourself is the first step of determining if you have what it takes.
Secondly, you have dream big.
Don’t let other people discourage you from your dreams. Prove others wrong.
And don’t let the thought of hard work scare you from achieving something incredible.
Remember, nothing worthwhile will ever come easy.
Every athlete has a great performance inside him/herself but it takes time and patience to get the best out of yourself. And even if you think you achieved your "best race ever", there's probably another better race in you that you will experience down the road - so long as you don't give up.
Keep developing yourself as an athlete.
If you believe you have what it takes, chase your dreams, fall in love with the process and have a lot of fun along the way.
It's emotionally draining to become hyper focused on an end result.
It's your journey, make the most of it.
You got what it takes.