Even the most passionate and dedicated people have days when it is a challenge to get going.
This summer, I am on a mission to keep distractions at bay and follow through with the goals I set for myself at the start of June. In part one of this series, I spoke about some of the challenges I've faced in the past and outlined my first strategy to keep me motivated and on track.
I've started by creating a list of quotes and videos that I can watch or read to quickly psych myself up on the days when I need that extra dose of motivation. My list includes ten athletes and their accomplishments which are both inspiring and unique. This post highlights the second half of that list. I hope that they ignite your own thinking about your current goals for the summer!
1.The Badwater Ultramarathon is known as “the world’s toughest race” and fewer people have finished this race than have climbed Mount Everest. One finisher, Lisa Tamati’s journey is featured here.
2.Glen Singleman and Heather Swan are the only BASE jumping team to have jumped from Mount Meru, Tanazania which is the highest BASE jump in the world.
3. Apolo Ohno is a former Olympic short track speed skater who won eight medals over the course of his career, making him the most decorated Winter olympians of all-time.
4. Three time Ironman World Champion, Craig Alexander not only holds the world record on the Kona course, but is one of only four men to defend his title in back-to-back competitions.
5. Alex Honnold is a rock climber well known for his free soloing ascents and is the only person to solo climb the Yosemite Triple Crown.
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together” –African Proverb
None of these athletes reached their goals by themselves and it is clear that outside support was crucial to their success. Whether you are part of a team or have friends and family that provide moral support, you never have to feel as though you must do it alone.
Personally, I have learned that while it is rewarding to complete certain tasks without the help of others, it is smarter to accept and/or seek advice when you know the journey will be long. Reach out to a more experienced peer and allow your family and friends to provide you with that little ego boost when you are feeling down.
Are you holding yourself back?
Take a look at what you have been doing to achieve your goals. Ask yourself, honestly, if you have been avoiding outside help. If so, spend some time thinking about who you can turn to, and then follow through right away by reaching out to your support network.
At CogniTea, we are dedicated to supporting our community members with whatever they set out to do. Share with us what your goals are and what you have achieved so far in the comments below or on Facebook. You never know who may be inspired by you or who would like to help you in your pursuit!