. . . was to keep on keeping on
Victory: achievement of mastery or success in a struggle or endeavor against odds or difficulties
Today’s word prompt got me to thinking: is the real victory the PR, or is it the journey to that PR?
If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride – and never quit, you’ll be a winner. The price of victory is high, but so are the rewards. — Paul Bryant
The Price IS high
I have written about this before — about whether to challenge yourself or play it safe. I think there’s a time for both. Yes, it’s easy to injure yourself by pushing too hard, but the rewards from challenging yourself are high, too.
I think the true victory comes in challenging yourself, but not at the cost of ignoring what your body is telling you. Become too afraid of failing and you become stuck. Become too fearless and victories can be snatched away right when they seem within your grasp.
Failure seldom stops you. What stops you is the fear of failure.
— Jack Lemmon
I will admit that doing things that make me afraid can absolutely stop me — sometimes. And sometimes I’ve tried things, and failed, and realized that that was something I didn’t enjoy. Victory can also be enjoying what you do, not doing it because other people recommend it or enjoy it.
Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment; full effort is full victory.
— Mahatma Ghandi
Being satisfied with journey
Ah, now this one is a tough nut to crack. But it’s an important nut, too. Here’s the thing, though: if you’re not satisified with your journey, no PR is going to satisfy you for long. PRs are fleeting, and often there’s a let down afterwards — those post-race blues — when how you thought you would feel doesn’t match up with how you actually feel.
A “is that all there is?” feeling.
Some, no doubt, expected me to write about the victory of my latest PR (you can read about that here). Instead, I would argue that that PR was the product of (mostly) enjoying the journey. The aches, the fatigue, the bad races, the bad weather, the family stresses . . . no, I don’t really enjoy that. But they are all part of the journey, and it’s a journey that motivates me to lace up and get out there most days.
To do all the boring work: the foam rolling, the stretching, the prehab or rehab exercises — all the things that help me to continue on my running journey. To watch what I eat, most of the time, because it isn’t fun when your running clothes don’t fit or carrying around a bag of kitty litter (that would be the 40 lbs I’ve lost . . . several times).
The real victory was to keep on keeping on, knowing that someday, yes, it would pay off. Knowing that when it didn’t pay off, it was just one more rung in a ladder I need to climb to keep improving as a runner.
The real victory is the journey to the finish line, not the finish time.
— Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy
Tell me in the comments:
What do you see as a victory?
What do you consider your latest victory?
Can you find joy in your journey?