Posted by: David D. Daggett | November 23, 2009

If It Was Easy …

If It Was Easy …

      How hard are we willing to work toward our goals? It seems that in our instant gratification society that many people want results without the requisite work required. Of course, this is one of the great lessons and metaphors from Ironman racing.

Macca at bike check-in

“If it was easy… everyone would do it.” This is a quote from Ironman World Champion Chris McCormick that NBC used to both kick off and close their coverage of the Hawaii Ironman World Triathlon Championship.

It seems that Macca’s words apply not only to Ironman triathlons, but to all of our individual pursuits and successes. Anything that is really worthwhile and meaningful takes hard work. There is simply no way around it. If we want the accomplishment, we have to pay the price. Because, as Macca says, “If it was easy, everyone would do it.”

The yearly coverage of the Hawaii Ironman always provokes and stimulates lots of thoughts and ideas. The Hawaii Ironman is such a significant event that it changed the concept of endurance sports forever. Goals such as doing an Ironman allow us as individuals to focus on what we can do and not on what we can’t do. As the Ironman slogan goes, anything is possible.

Perhaps we don’t train just to be Ironman triathletes; we train to be something far more than an Ironman. Ironman is simply the metaphor, or a vehicle, to allow us to know that we can do, and not be limited by what is possible.

When we develop the ability to have our minds to tell our hearts to keep going after a goal or pursuit, we open up the possibilities of what we are individually capable of achieving. If we are capable of Ironman, obviously we are capable of so much more in all of life.

To most of us, in an Ironman it certainly does take us mentally and physically to the edge and beyond. But it is one of those experiences of a single day that we treasure and remember for the rest of our lives. An Ironman finish is one of the most memorable single-day experiences. The difficulty and the suffering through the training and the race is what makes the finish line all that much more memorable and worthy. As one Ironman competitor noted, the job description is to suffer, or don’t finish. That’s what it takes to succeed.

Just like all of our pursuits individually, organizationally, and in business, if it was easy … everyone would do it!

There’s no easy way,

David

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