Sunday, March 15, 2009

THE SIMPLE ART OF GRATITUDE~

"The greatest discovery of my generation is that individuals can alter the outer aspects of their lives by altering their inner attitudes of mind" William James
I have been lacking on my blog lately as I have been busy. I did slow down this week from training as I was merely exhausted, and with the marathon coming next week, I needed a rest. With asthma issues on Tuesday and to not being able to put one foot in front of the other on Thursday, I had simply overdone it folks. I took 2 days off last week and now I feel back and ready to go. I had an amazing run and swim yesterday and I felt refreshed and renewed. I have worked with the swim coach on proper form alone, and it has dropped my swim time to my goal that I had set. I am very pleased with that. My April schedule is in the process of some changes with St. Anthony's tentatively being added. I have someone helping to work on this for me at the moment since registration is closed. With luck, we'll see how it goes.

Also, this weekend I kept going over one word in my mind. That word is Gratitude. Simply, being thankful. With a hard week behind me, I have adopted this word and really dissected the meaning. In life and in sport, gratitude is important. I think it is more a virtue than a source of duties.

I came across an article that I would like to share-

ADOPTING AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE-by Cheryl Hart
From time to time, all athletes need an attitude adjustment. We must not lose sight of the big picture. It is both an accomplishment and a privilege to become a competitive athlete. What if you knew that this would be your last triathlon ever? What if it were your very last run? With this in mind, consider adopting an attitude or gratitude. Setbacks promote new standards of excellence and mistakes offer new insights and learning. It's a matter of shifting our perception, of seeing ourselves, our sport, and others with new eyes. It's seeing the glass half full, rather than half empty.

Helen Keller once described how her senses became more acute because of her blindness. She considered it a blessing to smell the flowers blooming along the riverbank where she canoed, or to feel the rain in the air. This type of grateful thinking produces a ripple effect. From this evolves new personal assets such as purpose, passion, integrity and resilience. In the book The Winners Manual, coach Jim Tressel wrote " I think that the final outcome of most games is affected more by attitude than talent." He constantly works to instill gratitude in his players, because he believes this has the greatest impact. Each day they must write down one thing for which they are grateful.

Have you ever watched children at play? Their ability to focus is amazing, their movements effortless and joyful. Triathlon allows us to be kids again-swimming, biking, and running for the pure joy of it. Without passion, our interest fades. Instead, the sport we love becomes tainted by ego and competitive stress. A relaxed mind and enthusiastic spirit lead to peak performance.

Grateful people are more enthusiastic, determined, motivated, and strong. Furthermore, those who jot down their blessings daily report sleeping peacefully and waking refreshed and optimistic about the week ahead. Pause to reflect on your gifts as an athlete-your health, talents, challenges, and friendships. Just for today, imagine this is your last run. Let's commit to more than simply saying we're grateful and fortunate, but to living -on and off the race course-with an attitude of gratitude.

With rest, I feel back to myself, and I am ready to get back in the swing of it 100%, and you can best believe, I'll be smiling while I am doing it. This sport, is what I love. Swim, Bike, Run....I am thankful and am now off to workout~

Happy Sunday All~

2 comments:

Laura said...

Thanks for posting this. I SO needed to hear it!

Tonya said...

Thanks Laura :) I needed it to!! Very much!!