“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to
succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.”
― Abraham Lincoln
You know when you go watch a movie, and you already know how it is going to end? Sucks right? There is something lost when the excitement of the unknown is gone.
It is similar with sport. Without the uncertainty there, would you still enter if you knew exactly what the end result will be before you start? Somehow I think you will lose interest, even if you know that you will win every time, without exception. I think I would. In fact, this has been at the back of my head for countless events now. The uncertainty of maybe winning has been replace with a certainty of not winning.
Winning is an awesome thing, don't get me wrong. But it is the possibility as well as the uncertainty of winning that gets us going back, again and again. Even at times when we are sure hell will freeze over before you win this particular event you are lining up for, it is the words "just maybe" which drives us, whether we think so or not. Or even the fear of not winning which drive top performers back, again and again. It is the feeling of anxiety every person gets, almost without fail, before a race starts.
I have a feeling I know what is wrong, how I lost the anxiety and uncertainty of things. You see ultimately, our mindset and performance are connected, it is a two way street, your mindset can be both the cause of your actions and as a result of them. The latter part of this statement is what I've been doing wrong the last while, but with all the wrong outcomes.
I found it helps, to rediscover the core reason I do things. Why it was appealing in the first place to start. As time passes by, it is human nature to add ever more bells and whistles to something, which at its root, is or was really simple to begin with. To do things, because it feeds our human spirit, first. Because it feeds the mental part of your humanity.
That is how we fall in love with things at the onset. It is the simplicity of it in a complex world. It is the fire which feeds the reason we upskill, train and push the envelope. The reason, hopefully, you are here for on earth is for the fun of simplicity, not the complexity of it.
The only certainty there is, to gain the winning feeling uncertainty brings, feeding your human spirit should be all there is.
How do you feed your human spirit?
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Werner du Toit
Author of "The Road is not All Uphill"