Today I went with my M&D to the Carl Bloch painting exhibit at BYU. After we walked through we ventured over to the bookstore where this photo was taken.
It got me thinking about two things.
1) Elite Athletes
2) My two biggest fans
About the elites...
I am the type of person who becomes awestruck with physical talent. I think it must have something to do with studying the body so much. I know how much hard work goes into performing on the level of an elite athlete. While natural talent and physical capability is part of it, that talent has to be honed and perfected. That comes with hours and hours of blood, sweat, and tears.
Elite athletes understand something that the average person usually doesn't. They understand that the body is capable of far more than we give it credit for.
Lesson from the elites...don't be afraid to push yourself sometimes. If you think that Olympic athletes winning gold medals did so by staying in their comfort zone, you are wrong. Now, I'm not advising you push yourself to the point of injury, or that you ignore manifestations of serious pain or problems. HOWEVER, I am telling you to get out of your comfort zone. Up your intensity a little each time you are getting a workout in. You are capable of a LOT. Promise.
About my 2 biggest fans...
My mom and dad have been such an awesome support group for me my whole life. They have been at every dance performance, every competition, every race, every EVERYTHING, my whole life. They are always so encouraging.
I know I have posted this photo before, but it is one of my absolute favorites. It is so telling and descriptive of my whole life. This pic is from the Salt Lake Marathon in 2009.
It helps so much to have a support group! It doesn't matter if it's your friends, family, husband, coworkers, neighbors, or your blogging buddies...find some people who are on your side and want you to succeed! Find some people that will help you through your ups, downs, successes and failures.
Do you feel like you push yourself? If you don't now is the time to do a self assessment and see where you can try a little harder. This can be diet-wise, exercise-wise, or even just mentally...find where you can improve! Who is your support group? I am so lucky to have great support from my family, friends, co-workers, clients, and bloggy buddies!!