"So you wish to conquer in the Olympic games, my friend? And I too, by the Gods, and a fine thing it would be. But first mark the conditions and the consequences, and then set to work. You will have to put yourself under discipline; to eat by rule, to avoid cakes and sweetmeats; to take exercise at the appointed hour whether you like it or no, in cold and heat; to abstain from cold drinks and from wine at your will; in a word, to give yourself over to the trainer as to a physician. Then in the conflict itself you are likely enough to dislocate your wrist or twist your ankle, to swallow a great deal of dust, or to be severely thrashed, and, after all these things, to be defeated." - Epictetus
This Greek Stoic philosopher reminds why most of us ain’t about that Olympic athlete life.
"You have to rely on your preparation. You got to really be passionate and try to prepare more than anyone else, and put yourself in a position to succeed, and when the moment comes you got to enjoy, relax, breathe and rely on your preparation so that you can perform and not be anxious or filled with doubt." - Steve Nash
Happy 40th birthday to Lakers point guard, Steve Nash.
It’s not what you do during the game. It’s what you did before the game to prepare. It’s what you did in practice. It’s how much dedication you put in before the season. The game is won way before you’re under those lights. Sacrifice who you are today to become who you want to be.