Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Finding My Formula

Is there a formula for success? Is there a way to reach your goals?

Often we look outside for these answers but it seems the answer is already within ourselves. Revisit a time when you had a breakthrough workout or set a personal best in a race. See yourself in action again. Now, ask yourself what you see - how did this person look, feel and act?

Make a list of those qualities. Now think ahead to your next goal. Read through your list again. Tell yourself this is what it takes. It does not take inordinate talent to be driven, confident and strong. Anyone can do these things. How do you know? Because you have been there before. The answers are already in yourself.

I made my own list. Lately I read it often. Here is what I see. And so looking ahead to the next workout, the next race, I ask myself:

Am I…

Accepting the challenge

Being patient
Driven

Unafraid
Present
Believing I have a good chance

Speaking only in positives
Letting go
Anticipating success
Making good decisions
Visualizing myself at my best

Facing my fears
Surrendering to the process
Confident in my abilities

Acting independently
Becoming better than myself

Listening
Committed to my vision
Inspired
Optimistic about the outcome
Getting out of my own way

Trusting my training
Finding the rhythm

Hungry
Passionate
Open to the possibility
Ready
At peace with the pain
Full of faith
Hanging on as others let go
Expecting the best
Grateful

Tenacious
Executing my plan
Remaining in control
Fully focused on the goal
Connected to the course
Seeing obstacles as opportunities
Writing my own ending
Mindful along the way

Saying YES I CAN
Testing limits
Feeling the power of my beliefs

Doing everything I can to arrive
Courageous enough to face the outcome, whatever it may be

Finding your formula means revisiting your success, acknowledging what it took and committing to getting there again. These past few weeks I have been finding my way back to my formula. I have been all of those qualities before. I still am. Each day I strive to be one more of those things so I am ready for that one experience where it all comes together and I am everything. It can happen. Again, revisit your success. You will see it's already in there.

9 comments:

Jenny Garrison said...

AWESOME post! I am speechless. It is so true in many ways.

Cy said...

Great post! Here's my favorite:

"Courageous enough to face the outcome, whatever it may be"

You're on a great track girl-Keep it up.

rr said...

Printing out list for Kona.. need all the mojo help I can get!

Flatman said...

"At peace with the pain"...that's a great one!

TriGirl Kate O said...

I'm printing this off and putting it on the mirror, on the fridge, on the top tube of my bike, in my car....everywhere. Thanks e.l.f.!

Leah said...

Great list.

BreeWee said...

I like that one too, "at peace with the pain"... I'm with Rachel, taking the list for my pocket...

cheryl said...

Great Stuff! Sometimes your blog makes me bust a gut. Then you write something like this and I wonder if I am really at a tri-bloggers site. Thanks for sharing it with us all.

TRI-ROB said...

Dude...
I freakin
LOVE it when you post stuff like this!
I'm "grateful"
for my coach.

Breathe...