A Mantra is a statement or slogan repeated frequently. Many successful athletes, business people, and inspirational speakers have a phrase or quote in which they live by. It helps align efforts and overcome doubt. I like to use the mantra coined by Robert Kiyosaki, “Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.” I will repeat this quote on a training day to stay motivated and keep my legs moving. I spent 2 weeks going back and forth whether to sign up for a marathon this Fall or to wait. The uncertainty of trying something new, pushing myself to a new limit, and fear of injury consumed my daily life. Finally after visiting the Twin Cities Marathon site a dozen times I pulled out my credit card and whipped through the registration process. My fingers were pounding on the keyboard with stress similar to legs churning in a race. Step 1 was complete. The goal was set.
A friend of mine, owner of several marathon medals agreed to run the race as well! More uncertainty was removed from my overactive mind. Knowing I wouldn’t be alone and being able to attempt the mystery of a marathon with another runner increased my confidence.
Other worthy quotes:
“If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win.” – Carl Lewis, USA gold medalist in track and field
“If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail.” – Mark Spitz, USA gold medalist in swimming
I urge you to think of your own mantra or adopt a slogan to help stay focused through the next hot, humid training day. If you are feeling weak or unsure of yourself seek someone who has accomplished the goal you have set. Find a local running club, a coach, or personal trainer to power you through moments of fluster.
What is your mantra to get you to the starting line?