As 67.5 million US TVs tuned into the 2010 Winter Olympics, I was wondering why so many viewers were so interested. I watched the opening ceremonies and teared up in part because of the sad news about the Luge athlete, but also from the stories of some of the lone athletes from countries that have never seen snow or ice.
On Saturday as I was wasting away my day, icing my legs, and planning out what I was going to make for dinner on my cooking days the this week, I turned on the Olympics to watch some skiing and short track speed skating. I was simply looking for background noise, but what I found instead was inspiration.
There was a story of Apolo Ohno's rise to the top in Torino, and his rapid road to fame. During the interview Apolo seemed perplexed by the fact that a fan knew him for his appearance on Dancing with the Stars NOT his amazing athleticism that brought him to the Olympics. During this story Ohno's said the following:
"Before every day you go to sleep, ask yourself one question; Did you do every single thing you could today to make sure that you did your best? It's hard to answer yes, every single day. I don't want to look at in terms of me outworking the other competition; I like to look at it as me conquering myself. Me being able to face my own fears and distractions and weaknesses and say that I overcame them." (Apolo Ohno)
In that moment I was captured by his words. I was asking myself some of those very questions; Did I do anything today that would make me do my best? Did I conquer myself? Did I face any of my own fears? weaknesses?
Just think about it. Could you say yes today?
Time to go for my six mile training run!!!