Many articles have been written about how exercise will have a good effect on your life - physically and emotionally. For me, it is more than that. Not only will it lead you to a healthy and happy life but it also helps to build your character.
This time I’m writing about one particular sport, something that is dear to my heart - Cycling! Through cycling, I have learned multiple things that impact my perspective in life and helped me improve my work ethic.
Whilst cycling early morning one day, it started pouring which made it really dark. I continuously encouraged myself to keep going and not to worry because the rain will eventually stop and the sun will shine again. And I was right, the rain did stop and there was a beautiful sunshine after.
We all fear the unknown and uncertainty in our lives that brings a lot of anxiety. Often, we need the courage to face the challenges that makes us comfortable. You will face this in some point of your career when you are moving to a new company, or a new country, changing your role within the company or even the smallest thing like learning a new tool or application. The first few days will always be scary but don’t lose courage because it will work out in the end.
The human mind is set to give up far earlier than the body gives up. Life is about exploring the limit, reaching them and you will come to the conclusion that there aren’t any. The more you practice, the better you are.
You vs Yourself
Sometimes we get caught up in other people’s achievements and jealousy that leads us to self-destruct. Learn things at your pace, and stop comparing yourself with others. There will be things that other people are better at and that's ok because life is a marathon, not a sprint.
Enjoying The Experiences
Often we are focusing to achieve our personal best time and finish line and we forget to enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way. While it is important to cross that finish line but more important to enjoy the experience to get there. After all, the physical and mental exhaustion that you experience along the way is somewhat will build your character and makes you value the success
I would like to conclude with one of my favourite quotes from Mark Allen, a six-time Ironman Triathlon World Champion that sums up how your love for a sport will prepare you for challenges in your life: “You can keep going and your legs might hurt for a week, or you can quit and your mind will hurt for a lifetime”.