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“I am an Ironman” – Self Confidence 

“Believe in yourself”

“Follow your dreams”

“You can do anything you want to do”

Some of the most cliché phrases on the market. But how much truth is there in it? As I’ve said time and time again, I’m a big believer that hard work gets results, but just how far does self confidence go?

I’ve personally watched both males and females push themselves far beyond their believed physical limits just by telling themselves they can. We regularly watch things in the news whereby people break limits others impose on them, and in interviews they just reply ‘I told myself I’d do it, so I will’.

On a more relatable scale, personal achievements in the past can fuel your future. It was only yesterday that ex GB rower Pete Robinson, a friend of mine, pulled a personal best on the rowing ergometer. No big feat you might think, but after disk issues in his back 3 years ago ruling him out for what he was told would be life, he believed he could come back stronger, so has.

Run a 10k, a half or a marathon, cycle 50 miles, do an ironman – full or half, and it will change your life.

Now let me explain why.

“I am an Ironman”

Great, we’ve all done stuff. Yes yes I know, but these words alone carry massive momentum.

It’s a phrase I hear my best friend Alex Lightfoot (pictured right) use quite often. And rightly so. He’s swam 3.8k, cycled 180k and run a marathon in the 31 degree French heat. Back to back.

The 6’5, 100kg beast now most often seen curled up in front of the tv with a bowl of coco pops is now over 6 months out of training, a man that should have no fitness, yet still whips up to uni on his bike the odd day, and runs rings round people training for bath half.

Well how? Is he just ‘naturally athletic’? Well yes possibly, but at least 70% of it is in his mind.

He doesn’t let people beat him because he’s completed an ironman. He’s reached a level far beyond the average person, and will never let himself give up.

It’s regularly said that over half of sport takes place in your head, I’m a firm believer in this. If you’ve accomplished something in the past, why wouldn’t you be able to do it again? What’s stopping you?

So train hard first time, and you’ll never regret it.

Believe and you will succeed.

Go get ’em.

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