The fear in this quote is derived from stepping outside of your comfort zone. Anybody can have attainable dreams but those dreams that require stepping into the unknown are the ones that make us grow.
A dream is a starting point for an adventure. You should never let your fears stop you from thinking big because you would be surprised by what you can accomplish. Even if you don’t reach your ultimate goal you will be rewarded along your journey. My track journey so far has been full of ups and downs but has been worth it every step of the way. Even if I don’t reach my ultimate goal I love what I do and have made so many good memories and friends along the way.
My dream is to compete for Team Canada in the 2016 Rio and 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in the 100mH. This dream is scary because it is also the dream of every other young athlete in sport. Many believe that it is a unrealistic goal for young athletes to have because so few make it big. However, I believe in taking risks. If its what you want it is worth it all. I want to make the olympics more than anything and I am willing to do everything in my control to make my dream a reality.
Many people have big dreams but are not willing to put in the work to pursue them. It takes more than just showing up to the track every day. You must also spend time on recovery, follow a nutritious diet, don’t skip out on the gym, and get enough sleep every night. Being a competitive track athlete requires sacrifice. My coach once told me every time I make a decision I must question whether or not it will effect my training. This article from cover ground does a good job at explaining the choice athletes have to make being surrounded by a culture of alcohol. Alcohol is a good example because it is an issue every athlete faces. http://cover-ground.com/2013/beat-the-culture-around-you/ Athletically drinking will harm you so if you are serious about your sport you have some choices to make. I made the choice to rarely drink, but that doesn’t stop me from having fun either.
In order to achieve a dream you must first have a plan on how you are going to get there. In order to achieve my goal, I have surrounded myself with people who believe in me and my goals. I am currently working with my team of supporters to develop a plan to reach my long term goal of making the olympics. I am currently training on a 4 year plan developed by both my coach and trainer towards RIO 2016. This plan involves my workouts on the track as well as everything I need to consider off the track. Off the track I also have a support team consisting of a nutritionist, mental trainer, physiotherapist, massage therapist etc. I am also starting to do some work with social media to share my dreams with those around me and gain some support.
In order to reach a long term goal you should also have short term goals as stepping stones towards your long term goal. For example, I have short term goals of being the CIS champion in 60mH as well as making the national NACAC team this coming summer. Breaking it down even further I set small goals in practice in order to achieve my short term goals. For example, I have spent the past few weeks focusing on my very first step of my race. This step is important as it sets me up for the whole race.
I could go on and on about everything I am doing to achieve my goal but the list would never end. The important thing to remember is to follow your dreams and don’t get scared away by how big or far off they may seem. If you don’t put yourself out there you will never know what could have been.