The Peak of Success

The hill is as steep as you make it out to be.

     The hill is representation of obstacles that we all endure in our life’s time.  Hills may be steep, slippery, rugged or even downright intimidating.  But, for certain,  it is always conquerable.

Jayme- As humans our natural instinct is to curl up into a ball and hold our knees with a death grip when we come across intimidating obstacles. It’s the fear that comes into an effect, an imagination. Fear is a myth, its a non existent by-product that our mind uses to create intimidation. It exists when fear is excepted in our lives and will get in the way of attaining our ultimate goals.

A hill is a representation of a large physical mass of earths creation. It can be a beautiful site to see from afar but face to face it can be overwhelming. Facing your fears is facing an imagination that was created by ones self. What I am trying to say here is that you are your worst enemy. There is an old African proverb that says, “if there is no enemies within, the enemies outside can do us no harm”. Once you defeat the fear that you created inside your mind, you will conquer the outside world.

Jayme’s face with fear

     Understand who the true enemy is inside and life will be a breeze. I remember my first Track & Field state meet like it was yesterday. I was getting ready for the race of my life, all of my hard work and preparation was for this moment. As I walked hesitantly to the starting line, fear settled in. I guess I didn’t prepare enough. The crowd was five times larger than I’ve witnessed before. Competition was at its peak and the expectations I had for myself tilted the scale. This was the first moment I was face to face with my biggest fear: self doubt. In this moment I was questioning all of the hard work I put in, which took me months, in just thirty seconds.

The fire blazed out of the gun but I hear silence, we all took off but I felt like I was standing still. My vision was a tunnel effect that only saw what was in front of me. I couldn’t believe it, still to this day. The fear impaired my hearing, feeling, and my peripheral vision. I was racing not only against the fastest 800m runners in the state but my biggest fear within. The feeling I felt was supernatural and not of this world. This ended up being the longest race of my life. As I finished my race in utter defeat, I realized that fear took advantage of me and laughed in my face. It was the first time I seen it at its strongest. That’s when I figured out that it was me who created this monster. I turned a fiction entity into a nonfiction reality.

I learned from this mistake and now I walk around with no enemy within. I have no self doubt within myself,  I trust in my training and god given abilities to face not fear but my competition. No need to face fear when I will not allow it to exist. I built a mindset to where I can face anything I come across without thinking twice. I will reach my peak to success.

Drue- I feel like everyone has several weaknesses in life.

According to dictionary.com, weakness is defined by “the state or quality of being weak; lack of strength, firmness, vigor, or of the like; feebleness.”

The hill that is pictured above, represents to me, human weakness.  What we must do is have the strength to overcome these weaknesses.

In my experience  as an athlete, my hill of weakness was defined by the lack of positiveness, or put in simpler terms, negativity.  I would have the tendency to put myself down if I did not achieve my goals.  Sometimes, I would even go so far as to put myself in a bad mood for a few days.  I remember during my junior year of high school running track when I went from running the 400 meter dash to the 800 meter run.  For those of you who are not familiar, the 800 meter is a longer race, therefore requiring more endurance.

So I then began my training in the middle of the track season.  I would then realize that I was not getting the times that I was aspiring to get at meets because my body was not yet accustomed to the physical demands of an 800 meter runner.  I would then berate myself with negativity with thoughts of “I’m not good enough” or “maybe I should just quit.”  These negative thoughts mentally shut off my dedication.  It made me just a mere alternate at the state meet in which I had ran there both two years prior.

Being an alternate was then a wake up call to me.  I began to understand how and why these negative thoughts were impacting me. In my experiences, I have found that negativity can have a detrimental effect on a person mentally and physically. Just how everyone has a hill of weaknesses that stands looming over us all, positive thoughts and actions can help overcome that weakness.

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At the start of a race

At the start of a race there is a galore of emotions that pass trough an athletes mind.  Lets discuss our thoughts individually:

Jayme:  At the start of the race I get a sickening feeling in my body.  I feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders and the only way to get the weight off is to hear the BANG of the gun.  After the blast, it is all up to me to do what needs to be done: run my race.

Drue:  When I am at the start line with the adrenaline rushing through my blood, I feel like I just want to go home.  But then I realize that I have trained so long to be where I am right now.  I feel the pressure to do well, not only for my team, but for myself.  I then feel a sense of confidence and security that carries me through to when the gun goes off.

This not only applies to track and field.. it applies to life in general.  Starting a new business, class, job etc. can also arouse many types of like emotions.  The feeling of pressure haunts us all, but, we can all use it to our advantage in life by letting it motivate us.  You will never know what it feels like until you put yourself into an uncomfortable situation but this could lead to success and new opportunities.

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