Hard Question #004 - do I have what it takes?


"do you REALLY have what it takes?"

It's that time where every 4 years our TV's are blessed with the best winter-sport athletes the world has to offer. And my God, they're not disappointing...

Last night, however, something peaked my interest, and not because of the usual amazing "Gold-Medal Performance" we're used to seeing and associating with Olympics... 

To me, this was EVEN BETTER

I was watching the speed skating and they were in the beginning of their heats, and the race that was beginning had the 2017 World Champion skater Elise Christie in the field. Now, coming into the competition, Christie was coming back from an ACL injury, which isn't the ideal warmup for anyone

And at the beginning of the race, I mean the first 3 seconds, another skater collided with Christie going around the first corner, and Christie when crashing to the ice grimacing in pain, her hands wrapped around her previously injured ankle...

It appeared her Olympics were over before they truly even began. She lay on the ice for a moment, before getting up and hobbling over to her coaches who examined her ankle and skates...

The race was going to be restarted, so the other 3 skaters all took their place at the starting line, and to my amazement, Christie skated over as well...

The race started, and Christie fell behind immediately. You could see her "limp" in her skating, and you couldn't help but feel for her. But this is what champions do...

Speed skating is short, and I mean very short... 8 or so laps of a tiny ice rink with not many opportunities to overtake a competitor and get in front. And out of the 4 skaters, the top 2 progress to the next round - and here Christie was, in the last position

But, she was in the race. She was in the arena, and with that, she had a chance

She overtook one skater, then another, and she found herself in the second position - a qualifying position - all on a busted ankle. She ended up finishing the race in that second position, and it was an amazing spectacle to see

It takes a special kind of person to overcome that kind of adversity, to push through that physical and mental pain to not only finish the race but come from behind and defeat all the odds

It's the reason Christie is the world champion, she has what it takes... But the hard and real question is, do you have what it takes?

Truthfully, do you? Without lying, do you have the physical and mental fortitude to overcome this sort of barrier, especially on the biggest occasion of all? 

Do you have what it takes to dig deepest on the days you don't have it... the days when it feels like you're digging with a toothpick? These are the times it matters most as anyone can perform on a good day, but it's the true champions who can dig deep to give their best efforts when they have nothing to give at all...


Actionable Tip + Question:

  • When the lights are off, chips are down, and it's time to dig the deepest you'll ever have to dig - do you have what it takes?
  • Is there a time in the past you've shown this, or a time you can look to for inspiration?
Nick Maier