By Joanna Lawn and Armando Galarraga.
Yeah right, easy to say but hard to do!!! But why is it, why can’t we always smile?
After watching and participating in nearly 30 Ironman triathlons there seems to be a HUGE similarity between the winners.
The champions or winners as we see them always seem to have this effortless grin spread across their face. The smile can sometimes be seen from miles away……with the brightness of their pearly whites glowing from a distance.
People say if you smile it sends signals to the rest of your body, that AII IS GOOD, EVERYTHING IS HAPPY, and confidence can have a snow ball effect. The power of confidence one can take from a simple smile is priceless something that I hear time and time again, from World Champions Natascha Badmann and Chrissie Wellington. They continuously say “smile and everything will be wonderful”
Yeah it sounds like a load of rubbish, but when I see their faces in a race, there is a grin from ear to ear!!! How can that be, we are doing the same thing, we are doing the same distance, we are experiencing the same elements and the feeling the same pain. The difference is that they CHOOSE to ignore these signals, they CHOOSE to find positive thoughts, they simply take long deep breaths, smile and soldier on. I definitely believe there is a power of energy in this, and it is not just coincidence they both have won numerous world titles.
I feel like this is like a training tool, I believe if we could enjoy, stay focused and be happy in our workouts, race day “should” be a very enjoyable experience. The road to success should be simple.
The hardest times for triathletes is when we are aiming to do a 40+ hour training week, and do it well, and then even for the athletes who are working full time and training for an Ironman. Trying to overcome the physical tiredness and the mental freshness things seem to always be tough. But I really do think if we could all smile and find the enjoyable side to things, our training and day to day activities would be a whole lot better.
It is really that simple. How hard is it to enjoy something that you love to do…you dream to do! Off course there will be tough times, but that is what life is all about. But just imagine doing this task/effort with a smile and a positive attitude? Things would go by so much faster, easier and with a lot less effort.
It is like when you are going thru a hard patch in a race, you should always think of a positive thought, it is impossible for our brains to process two thoughts at one time so why not think happiness, think positive thoughts and smile, see how much easier things work out to be.
I find that during an ironman if I start to feel bad, I just focus on the next aid station, and what I have to do at the aid station. Process the thoughts of eat, drink, ice, eat, drink , ice and I go through these thought processes time and time again. I have no choice of feeling bad, how can I? When I am focusing on eating, drinking and keeping myself cool.
I know when you read this, it all sounds crazy and super easy. But even I have to remind myself daily that the power of a SMILE and the power of HAPPINESS really does help to give you strength.
So if I can give you any kind of feedback to help you achieve your goals. Whether it be getting to the start line of a race, applying for a new job, or just day to day activities. Always smile and be positive, who knows what you will achieve and where you will end up…….the world is yours!!!!
CHEERS AND SMILES ALWAYS
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