Complete not Compete.
This is the single most significant piece of advice I discovered in my early research of doing a triathlon.
But I am also acutely aware that it is a huge mind-set I am having to overcome. I was in the pool yesterday and whilst I was encouraged by the fact that I was completing full lengths, swimming front crawl in the correct way (well, a lot more correct than I’ve ever done before!) I was regularly almost paralysed by the mere thought of having to complete the equivalent of SIXTEEN of these lengths on the day!
It is undoubtedly the biggest sporting, mental challenge I have ever had to face.
So, this week I said I would tell you why I am doing this event in the first place.
Well, the charity I am now working for on a part-time basis, Viva, have held a special place in my heart for many years. I co-owned an award-winning, chocolate brownie business for several years and we donated a small portion of our profits to Viva – we encouraged our customers to explore Viva’s work by featuring them on our packaging, and my best friend has been working for them for eighteen years, experiencing nothing less than a total transformation himself, after merely grinding out the days at a corporate level for a well known home-builder.
I am aiming to raise at least £2,000 to go towards Viva’s work and I believe I could raise far more but obviously, I am going to need your help to make this happen but more of that at the end.
I love this phrase “Complete not Compete” because it says so much more to me than merely not worrying if I come last at the Blenheim Triathlon. It speaks to me of an entire attitude to life.
Do everything in your power to Complete what you began. Personally, this is a real challenge for me as I’m a great starter but not always a brilliant finisher.
Don’t Compete. What is the point? Sure, you can compete in sporting activities but don’t let it get to you when you inevitably lose to someone, one day. Don’t compete with the other girl in the office. Don’t compete to win the only girl in the office. Don’t compete by trying to be someone you’re not.
Be yourself and that will invariably Complete the situation. Every time.
Even if that means finishing last.
Finishing life well is the main goal.
So, if you really do want to help me help ‘Children at Risk’ around the world by sponsoring me, please use the link here and I will be extremely grateful.