Wednesday, January 20, 2016
I am not a huge fan of New Year’s resolutions because the way I see it, if there is something you want to change, you don’t wait until the New Year to do it! With that being said, this is the Olympic Year. It is 2016 and that is a huge milestone in my career. There are some things that are naturally going to be different this year than a normal year in my life.
So, taking that into consideration, there are a few “resolutions” I have promised to myself.
1. LIVE IN THE MOMENT
The Olympics are in August, a little under 8 months away. This seems like a long time... but I know it will fly by. In order to get the most out of my training, I need to be able to stay in the moment and push myself every single day. It’s crazy how each day matters and how much impact every single day has from here until that first day we step on the pitch in August.
2. ENJOY THE RIDE
The Olympics will come and go and they will be magical in their own way. In the end, I will remember what it took to get there and all the memories of the journey. The end result is really so small in the grand scheme of things! So I need to enjoy every moment. Even the other day when we were doing sprints (it’s always hard and no one wants to do fitness), but I told myself, you know what? Enjoy this because you will never be this fit again in your life! Enjoy feeling fast and fit!
3. LEAVE IT ALL ON THE FIELD
This is kind of a no brainer. But I will say it because when you write things down and have a place to reference, it keeps you a bit more accountable... even on the hard days! So yeah... leave it on the field even when I’m exhausted and ready to break. And, constantly have the mindset that no matter how things are going, to always be the hardest working player on the field. The harder you work, the luckier you seem to get. There is always more in the tank! How you train is how you play in the big moments.
4. GO FOR IT
Take risks. Learn. Grow. Have fun. Make mistakes. Move forward. And remember, if you want to get where you’ve been, you’ve got to do what you’ve never done.
To be completely honest. I try my best to live by these resolutions all the time. These are more of life goals that I try to apply to all aspects of my life. Sometimes it is good to remind ourselves of what’s most important and the goals we set out for ourselves. I am excited for the many adventures and obstacles that this year is bound to bring!! It will be busy, but I imagine when I look back, it will be one of the best... so bring it on 2016!