Moist palms, stomach in throat, overwhelming queasiness, and a quick, rhythmic heartbeat of “bump bump, bump bump, bump bump”. All the while, an anxious excitement grows deep within. Visions of the possibilities and many outcomes that may await flood the mind. No, this isn’t a flashback of asking your date to senior prom, your driver’s license test, or your first job interview. These are the feelings of anxiety and excitement that are often experienced before signing up for a race.
Signing up for a race is in many ways a leap of faith in to the unknown and can be a daunting experience. However, I have found that the feeling of being scared about a big decision lets you know you’re on to something good. These feelings usually represent a chance to grow, a chance to learn more about yourself, and a chance to come one step closer to achieving your personal legend. Humans by nature tend to oppose change, but history has shown us that those who take the most chances to grow, have become the most influential people in history.
Odds are that you have a myriad of excuses as for why you are holding yourself back. In addition, fear and anxiety certainly do not help your case. Put them all aside. The simple act of committing to a race is an extremely powerful statement about who you are and what your goals are. Once you sign up, tell all your friends and family you know. They will share in your excitement and it also will serve as another layer of accountability for you to run the race.
My challenge for you this week is to get a race date on the calendar. No matter how big or how small of a race, just sign up. Signing up is the first step to achieving your goal of completing the race. Your training, logistics, and making time for this new challenge will follow suit as your goals will be realigned to cater to training for the race. This is your next great adventure, so go for the experience over excuses, results over reasons, and brilliance over the buts. You’ll be glad you did. As Jay Z says in our song of the week “What the hell are you waiting for?” JUST SIGN UP!
By the way, did you hear that? *click* Ironman St. George, here I come.
Always in Stride,
P.S. When you sign up, send me an email all about it at firstname.lastname@example.org or post it here! I’d love to hear about it!
Song of the Week – Numb / Encore – Linkin Park & Jay-Z
Quote of the Week – “What we have is based upon moment-to-moment choices of what we do. In each of those moments, we choose. We either take a risk and move toward what we want, or we play it safe and choose comfort. Most of the people, most of the time, choose comfort. In the end, people either have excuses or experiences; reasons or results; buts or brilliance. They either have what they wanted or they have a detailed list of all the rational reasons why not.”~ Anonymous
Video of the Week – 2004 Ironman World Championships Promo Video