The winning mentality to be great requires not very much. Sure all the training in the world will help or the best running shoes ever invented. In terms of life, the right education or a good support system around you will give you an upper hand but if you dont have the desire to be great, all of these outside influences will mean nothing. The mindset that you can do and achieve anything will take you to the next level and separate you from the rest. Where is your mindset when you run a race or train? You have to show up to a start line on fire, with a burning attitude like are a bull being released in the streets of Pamplona-undestructible! You have to line up knowing you belong there and nowhere else and this is where you were always meant to be. The mind will transcend your physical abilities and take you to everything you have ever imagined in your head.
Think of all the great sports movies in our time. Rocky, Hoosiers, Rudy. In every sports movie there was the incredible story about an ordinary person or team that became more than ordinary because they believed they belonged there and believed they could win. In Rocky you had an ordinary guy from Philly trying to make his way up to the top of the boxing world, got a shot AND TOOK IT, showed no fear, had the heart of a champion and won. Hoosiers? Despite being the smallest team and having an unsuccessful past, in came a man, a coach who taught them anything was possible and showed them to believe in themselves on the court and outside the court. Just one man in one moment gave them the greatest gift of life and they took their shot and won the state championship and the impossible became the possible. Why? because they believed. RUDY? A kid with pure heart who wanted to be a Notre Dame football player and did whatever it took to be on the team. He truly believed even when his own loved ones didnt that he was going to be on that team. He believed and it manifested. Rudy showed no fear in his heart and despite the downs he still kept his head up and just marched forward. The human spirit is alive in all these movies. Is yours?
Are you starting to figure out how the right mindset will determine your outcome in running and life?
More than 22 years ago Muhamad Ali was about to fight Joe Frazier in one of the greatest boxing matches of our time. Ali will go down as the greatest boxer of all time. The greatest. Why was he so great? At the press conference a day before the fight Frazier is asked why does he think he will win and he answers because he trained hard and feels he can beat Ali, and he trained hard and is ready. When they ask Ali, this is what he said as he shouted at the media and Joe Frazier with the straightest face because he was serious……
” I’m BAD!!! Been chopping trees, been doing something new for this fight. I wrestled with an alligator, tossed around with a whale. I handcuffed lightning, throw thunder in jail. Only last week I murdered a rock, hospitalized a brick. I’m so mean I make medicine sick. Bad and fast! Fast! Fast! Last night I cut off the light in my bedroom, hit the switch was in the bed before the room was dark…and you George Foreman, all you chumps are gonna bow down when I whip him. All of you, I know you got him, I know you got him picked but the mans in trouble I’M GONNA SHOW YOU HOW GREAT I AM”
Now think about what he said. Who says that? In the conference he is convinced he has done this and is convinced he is going to whip him. His mindset was already to the next level. It should be of no surprise to you that Ali crushed him. He believed and he conquered. Now I am not telling you to start yelling at people on the starting line of a marathon, or at your classmates at the beginning of a crucial test or at your co workers at the beginning of a possible promotion but what I am asking of you is to tell yourself in your head how bad you are, how nobody can compete because you are going to SHOW THEM HOW GREAT YOU ARE.
I believe you are great and each of you have a gift, not only in running but in life. No matter how old or young you are, no matter what has happened in your past, go out today and everyday and show some heart, show no fear, take a risk, believe, take your shot and SHOW US HOW GREAT YOU ARE!!
Your friend, Ryan