Happy New Year everyone!
2011 is going to be a BIG year for me, particularly as the 2012 London Olympics get increasingly closer. I know that I have a lot of hard work ahead of me but I am really looking forward to the many challenges that lay ahead.
One of my aims for the year ahead is to be passionate and try my best in everything that I do. This seems like quite a simple statement, but to me it means a lot more. This means being passionate when I have to wake up at 6am and go for a run, even when it is cold and raining. This means trying my best when I am sore and tired. This means being focused and urgent with regards to chipping away at my goals. This means having a positive outlook at all times. This means having fun and remembering why it is that I play judo and what I want to achieve. I want to throw myself into being the best I can be. After all, trying to be your best self, I think, is what it is all about.
To paraphrase the statement attribute to Baron Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games:
It is not the 'winning' that is important,it is the taking part in.
It is not the 'arrival' that is important, but the journeying to.
It is not the 'doing' that is important, but the trying to be.
All the world admires the 'trier' - and that is something we can all succeed at: be 'tops' in, being a sincere and punishing 'trier'.