April 12, 2011

Tuesday Attitude: Be against yourself.

“The ultimate victory in competition is derived from the inner satisfaction of knowing that you have done your best and that you have gotten the most out of what you had to give.”     -H. Cosell

April Aspirations Pull Up Club is on. The names are in, the numbers are set. Get crackin’! List posted on the whiteboard. Please check for accuracy (read that as: don’t touch).

Which brings us to why we (all) ought to participate in these Incentives/Challenges. Competition brings out the best in us:  it’s good for the soul, it tests the truth/reality of our abilities, it provides a goal, it creates contexts for learning, it builds community and interaction, it IS why were are here…if we don’t know or can’t show, then are we better than yesterday?

Be sure, that by competition we mean purely Self-Competitive. It is you against you and the task. Period. It’ll be true of this Pull Up competition as it is everywhere. The folks pulling 40 or 50 times will get a crowd and cheers, but the biggest support will be for those trying to get their first pull up. That’s how we become better people…learning how to muster every ounce of energy, eat unbearable pain, and block out mental demons in order to closed-fist-punch a task right in the face*.

So, please be sure to avail yourself of any and all of  these opportunities (ex., Hero Week, Incentives, Challenges).

*Can we get a clarification on this quote; is it “closed-fist punch in the face” or “punch closed-fist in the face”?

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    wicasa yatipika April 12, 2011 Reply

    I’m a big fan of mountain climbers because their competition is truly with the “self” and if they make mistakes it is often times fatal…but much can be learned from their wisdom…

    “Technique and ability alone do not get you to the top – it is willpower that is the most important. This willpower you cannot buy with money or be given by others – it rises from your heart.” – Junko Tabei – first woman to climb Everest, 1975

    “You can grunt and heave, sweat and strain, wear yourself out, and unless you simply forget about it and step up, you won’t even get off the ground.”
    – Mike Borghoff

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