Its Saturday it is Day 6, the 23rd hour and 59th minute of the training week. I’m not going to lie the thought of a cold wet and windy morning doesn’t exactly thrill me as I get out of bed.
The kind of conversations I have with other people inspired me to write this blog post.
How do you do it? I could never do that, it’s amazing dedication and commitment. The comments questions and praise are all very much appreciated yet as I continue on this journey there is always one question that a lot of people overlook or simply forget to ask. That question is WHY? WHY do you do what you do? WHY is it so important to you?
Firstly let me explain the how. It’s never a matter of pure talent or an inbuilt drive that you just have or you don’t. If we break it down even further to ask the question, how do I train for sometimes 20 hours a week? It’s probably more than that including preparation and travel. The answer is actually a lot more simple than people think, I get up and go and do it.
I don’t do anything that anybody else in my situation can’t do, I don’t get out of bed and fly on my magic carpet to training even though with this Manchester weather it’s not out of the question at times!
The point that I’m coming to is that the how is very unspectacular. Choices that are not at the time perceived to make a massive difference in the moment but slowly work towards my goals. Is it easy? No. Do I love every second? No. Am I super motivated and pumped all the time? No! I get tired just like everyone else.
“Things that are easy to do are also easy not to do” Jim Rohn
This is where “Why” you do something becomes very important. Why you do something is one that has to come from deep inside of you and link to your emotions, your bigger picture, your goals for you and your future. I’ll use myself as a example as I will for most of my posts to give you an Idea.
Why do I want to jump far? Why do I want to be known as one of the best at what I do? Why quit your job and train full time?
My answer to all these questions is that when I saw how impressive triple jump was for the first time, I was inspired and amazed at the event and I’m a massive fan of horizontal jumps and lucky enough to be able to compete in them.
To be the best is something that everyone in my personal opinion should aim for, with hard work, smart work and a lot of learning I don’t think we should set limits on ourselves and extent of our abilities. If another person can do it why not me as well.
Through the talented athletes in my group and social media I’m blessed enough to be inspired everyday by athletes/friends and family. People who are shaping their own destiny and showing me the way. When it came to prioritising certain things in my life it became quite an easy decision to work part time and train full time.
“Minds are like parachutes they work best when they are open”
When most people are asked these questions they usually are quite stumped at what to say. The first reason is that sometimes your actions don’t correlate with your goals and certain questions highlight what you aren’t doing which does hit your ego and confidence pretty hard.
The second reason is that people judge comment and say things about you and your goals. When it comes from people you love and respect the opinions of, they are hard to ignore.
Whether you achieve your goals or not this is something that will never go away since you can’t change it it should be very low on the list of important things in your life.
To wrap things up, discovering your fire is something that you can learn and for me now it’s simple(how) but not easy to discover (why).
Reading my personal development/biography’s and stories helped me massively. The overall attitude I’ve experienced toward these books is that people who read them are somehow naive and believe in the “everything will be alright” attitude and somehow are ignorant to the harsh realities and problems of life. Or if you’ve read one you’ve read them all. I find this attitude perplexing at times for the reason that the most successful among us, the people the majority of us aspire to be like, tend to read a lot yet the majority of us don’t. The thing I take away from these books is that I learn not just subjects/thoughts/ideas and concepts, I learn about myself and more importantly what questions to ask myself.
When finding what your fire is consider these questions:
What do you want?
WHY do you want it?
WHAT are you willing to do to get it?
I decided I wanted to be a elite triple jumper to inspire people, like others have me. I made a commitment to myself that I’m open to try just about anything to get better at what I do. Now seeing how I commit so much of my time effort and energy to my craft doesn’t seem like such a mystery now.
I hope this post has given you some insight. If you do read this ask yourself WHY, find your burning desire!
Thanks for reading and good luck,