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The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
-- Thomas Paine
 

 

Tuesday, January 21, 1997

Push yourself

If you’re not a little bit nervous before a match,
you probably don’t have the expectations of yourself
that you should have.

                     -- Hale Irwin

If you want to know the satisfaction of accomplishment, then you must also feel the apprehension that comes from pushing yourself to the edge of your abilities. In order to grow, we must venture out into unknown territory. We must take on challenges that make us uncomfortable.

It can be frightening, taking on new challenges. And we are so fearful of fear, eager to avoid fearful situations.

Have you ever considered, though, the benefits of fear? Fear gives us a heightened sense of alertness and razor sharp focus. We breathe a little deeper to take in more oxygen, and the heart beats a little faster. Fear blocks out all the trivial stuff, and gives us increased energy. Isn’t that exactly what we need to take on a difficult challenge? Is fear really so bad?

Venture out. Reach higher than what you’re comfortable with. Push yourself to the point where you feel the exciting apprehension that gives you the motivation and the energy to win.

— Ralph Marston

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