29 Mar The Power of Believing in Yourself
I’ve mentioned in the past about how I used to do track and field in high school. I’ve also said how much I loved competing. During my first season, I exclusively participated in the sprinting events. Every meet I was signed up to participate in the 100m, 200m, 400m, and 4×1 relay. I liked doing sprints, but my sophomore year I began jumps and that’s when my love of competing in track and field really blossomed.
Each meet I would look forward to competing in the long jump, triple jump, and (on occasion) the high jump. Every time my feet hit the runway excitement would course through my veins from the top of my head all the way down to the bottom of my feet. And as I sprinted towards the pit and my foot finally hit the board all the way at the end of the runway it would feel like I was flying as I leapt through the air and landed in the sand pit. The rush was great, and it also helped that I was one of the best among the girls that I competed against on a regular basis.
Now, obviously there are two aspects to track and field. The “track” part of track and field refers to the events that happen on the track (i.e. the sprints and the distance events). The “field” part is all of the other events that take place off of the track (i.e. long jump, shot put, javelin, pole vault, etc.). Even if you don’t watch track and field, you’ve probably heard of some athletes who ran track. Names like Usain Bolt, Allyson Felix, and Mo Farrah might cause that light bulb in your brain to flicker, but names like Christian Taylor, Tomasz Majewski, and Andreas Thorkildsen are most likely less familiar. The same is true at the high school level.
I can still remember people coming out in droves to watch the sprinters and the distance runners run. That wasn’t the case for field events. Even when the sprinters and the distance runners on my team weren’t competing, they wouldn’t come and watch those of us in the field events. The other throwers and the jumpers would watch everybody on the team when they weren’t actively competing in their events, and that included watching the other people who were in field events. The lack of support wasn’t something that we complained about. It was unspoken and it was something that we just learned to live with. However, since we just learned to deal with it, we had to develop even more confidence in our abilities. When you’re out there competing, having the applause and cheers from the crowd can really help to encourage you onward so that you can do your best. When you’re lacking confidence that outward display of support can really help to push you to where you need to be so that you can be your best. Now I’m not saying that the sprinters and the long distance runners weren’t good on their own (practice and hard work are definitely necessary), but you don’t tend to realize how important that cheering can be until you don’t have it there. The jumpers and throwers didn’t have that, which is why we really had to make sure that we were confident in our abilities. There weren’t very many people there telling us how great we were, so we had to know for ourselves that we were great.
It’s so important to be able to advocate for yourself positive thinker. There aren’t always going to be people out there who believe in you or your abilities. That’s why it’s so important that you become your own biggest supporter. Having the talent is definitely important. Usain Bolt wouldn’t be the fastest man couldn’t be the fastest man in the world without his natural talent for sprinting, the way his body is built, and the countless numbers of hours that he put into training and keeping his body fit. But he also couldn’t be the fastest man in the world without being able to have confidence in himself. If you look at any of his races, you’ll see just how much he believes in himself, and that’s necessary as well. So, believe in yourself. You have what you need to succeed. You just have trust in yourself enough to go out and make it happen for yourself.