Life is part offense and part defense.
Spend time trying to prevent bad things from happening.
Spend time trying to make good things happen.
We’ve all heard things like:
Defense wins championships.
The best offense is a good defense.
The best defense is a good offense.
If they don’t have the ball, they can’t score.
If you don’t score, you can’t win.
All of these things have merit.
Play both offense and defense.
Play with confidence.
Take chances on both sides of the ball.
Play to win rather than not to lose.
We need both offense and defense.
It’s hard to win with one and not the other.
I was afraid to make mistakes.
By the end of my high school baseball career, I swung not to strike out rather than to get a hit.
With my running, I was training not to get injured rather than to see how fast I could run.
I was playing not to lose rather than to win.
I was more focused on trying to not let anything bad happen than trying to make something good happen.
I was playing defense not offense.
I was dodging failure and trying to prevent it.
That’s fear-based thinking and a fear-based attitude.
I stopped myself from achieving greater.
Start taking big cuts.
Stop running from something.
Start running to something.
Start running fast.
Do something that scares you.
Stop holding yourself back.
Get out of your own way.
Give yourself a chance to succeed.
Let yourself shine.
Let yourself be great.
And remember, whether you play it safe or take chances, there’s still a chance you strike out.
If I’m going down, I’m going down swinging for the fences.
Play to win.
Play to be great.
Running a marathon is hard.
That’s why I want to do it.
My recent 5K times and half marathon time suggest I can run a faster marathon than I have.
Maybe I’m better at shorter races.
Maybe my body is built for shorter distances.
Maybe my legs have to get stronger.
Maybe I’m trying to find a way to explain it.
Maybe I’m trying justify my shortcomings.
Maybe I’m making excuses.
Maybe I’m being soft.
Maybe I’m being mentally weak.
I’ve underperformed and underachieved in the marathon.
I’ve yet to run to my potential.
The marathon is hard.
That’s why I’m doing it.
I’m going to prove to myself that I can.
I’m going to prove that I am hard and can do something hard.
I’m going to prove I’m mentally and physically tough.
And I’m not going to stop until I do it.
Fear stops us from doing what we’re capable of doing.
Fear stops us from achieving what we’re capable of achieving.
Fear stops us from living the life we’re capable of living.
Fear stops us from trying.
We’re afraid to get hurt.
We’re afraid to fail.
Choose to face our fears.
Choose to do the things that scare us.
“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”
Everything we want is on the other side of fear.
The limit is in your mind.
When you don’t think you can possibly work any harder, work harder.
When you don’t think you can possibly do any more, do more.
When you don’t think you can possibly go any bigger, go bigger.
When you don’t know if you can possibly get any better, you can get better.
It’s all in your head.
There may be people more blessed than us.
That doesn’t make us any less blessed.
That doesn’t diminish our blessings.
Be a good person and do good deeds.
Create goodwill and good karma.
Good things will happen.
The higher our standards and expectations the greater the chance we’ll be let down.
High bars are harder to get over.
There’s less room for error and more room to fail.
Set the bar high anyway.
The higher we climb, the further we can fall.
Don’t let the fear of falling stop us from climbing.
Don’t let the fear of falling stop us from taking the leap and flying.
Take the leap and fly.
The more I fail at something, the more I want to do it.
The more I fail at something, the more motivated I am to do it.
The more I fail at something, the more I want to master it.