Informative, and General Reading
What counts ....
by Mike Kemski, Founder BANABU Development Systems
When I was out on my run this morning I was
really struggling. My lungs were burning and
the air felt thin.
After 1 and 1/4 mile I actually had to walk
for a minute! (Normally I can run about 3 miles
and feel great the entire time)
I thought man if people could see me they would
think I was some kind of weak hack.
Gasping for every breath, arms all over the
place, with a look of pain and agony on my face
running slow and barely past the mile mark!
Right then I realized something very profound.
I realized that even though it may look like I
am hardly putting any effort in at all and that
it may appear that I was barely even trying to
run to the other runners out there, I was reaching
inside of me and pulling out all the power I had
just to keep moving.
Sometimes we judge others because we hold them
to our standards of performance when in reality
they are giving everything they have and when
someone does that, they are a true champion,
regardless of the outcome.
(And it may not be the best they have ever been or
as good as you would like to see.)
The biggest distinction I made was that sometimes
we do that to others but more often we do it to
I was judging myself and beating myself up for not
being able to go 2.5 miles without breaking a sweat
when really that 1.5 I ran today was harder than the
3 miles I ran on Friday.
It is good to have high expectations and incredible
standards for yourself but only for the purpose to
keep you in forward momentum.
You should always do your best but when your best
falls short of some past results and you start to
judge yourself harshly for the results instead of
praise yourself for the effort, you start a downward
spiral of negative momentum.
How excited do you think I am to go out and run again
now that I made myself feel like a weak loser because
I was not at my previous best today?
I am not excited at all. In fact, I don't want to feel
like that again!
But when I think about how I reached inside of myself
and pulled out the champion in me that gave me the
power and strength to go another 2 laps when I could
have very easily justified stopping, I feel proud of
My posture straightens up, my shoulders go back, my
head lifts from my chin, and I know that there is not
a force in this universe that can stop me because I
conquered the most powerful force there is.
I conquered the only thing that will ever have the
power to stop me. The only thing in this universe
that can hold me back. I conquered myself!
For those 2 extra laps I became a champion. I reached
in and pulled out the best of who I am. I chose not
to give up even though it hurt, even though I was
discouraged, even though I had some fear.
I gave it everything I had. And it may seem silly
because I am talking about running 2 extra laps on a
track but this applies to everything in your life and
Base your judgment of yourself not on your results
but on the effort you gave.
If you give all you have then you won the game and you
are champion no matter how it turns out.
Sometimes you put in every ounce of what you have and
it doesn't seem like that much to you.
Only you will know at the end if you gave it everything
you had. Only you will know if truly won or not.
It doesn't matter what the outcome is because when you
reach inside of you and pull out that piece of you that
is a warrior, a champion, a winner, and an achiever, that
is when you truly win in life.
This is a simple but incredibly powerful tool
to make any and all experiences in your life serve
I hope my burning lungs and gasping for air helped
open up a distinction in your life about how you can
look at your self and your efforts to create a
You win whatever game in life you are playing
only when you give your very best effort. To find the
champion inside of you, you must look for the champion
inside of you.
I know it will make me feel better if that torture
can turn into something good for you! ;o)
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