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A Leap of Faith

What is life without a little risk? But more precisely, what is it without a little faith. Personal growth and success lie in self-trust, and we could all use more of that – “The truth is, we’ll never know what the future might hold. We’ll never know if things will turn out for better or for worse, if the view is worth the climb or if there really is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. But what we do know is that every day is a new chance to get answers to the questions we kept asking ourselves, a new opportunity to look back and see how far we’ve come or even decide that this is the moment we’ve been waiting for all along.”

My “why”

Whether we’re talking about personal or performance goals, we all need to remind ourselves why we started and why we keep trying – “When everything around you starts falling apart, when things seem hopeless, and you can’t see the light, remember why you started. Remember the tears of happiness when you were on the world podium, singing the national anthem with your team. Remember the way you felt hugging your coach at the end of a race. Remember the mid-run talks, unlimited amounts of post-race cake, how proud your grandma was when you told her about your win. Remember why you love this so much.”

Letters to the lost

There are story we wish we’d never tell, unhealed wounds and unanswered questions. We all have them. This is mine – “I want to tell you that I forgive you. I forgive you for never seeing me graduate and never holding my hand again. I forgive you for not being here for me to hug you at least fifty times a day and for not drinking mom’s coffee anymore. I forgive you for not being here to hear about my crazy ideas and not planning your afternoon nap just so that you could be awake when I come back from school and sit with me while I eat and tell me about your day. I forgive you for breaking my heart.”

Holding on

2019 was about learning and rediscovering myself, a year full of lows but also many highs – “Now I’m learning. I’m learning to accept my mistakes and learn from them, and most importantly, remember that results are just the sum of your efforts, and that, as I said in the interview from the World Cup back in 2017, it’s not a matter of can or can’t. It’s about facing your fears and doing it.”

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