An Athlete’s Sacrifice


So you’ve got a big dream and you’re willing to train more but you can’t fit it in. If you get up earlier, you don’t get enough sleep. Or, you can’t train 6 days a week because of other stuff going on in your life.

How much sacrifice are you prepared to make? Think of your dream. Make sure it’s big. If you’re dream is too small, then it doesn’t work. If you’re dream is too small the sacrifice might not be worth it. Possibly it might seem that the sacrifice isn’t necessary. So you have to dream big.

Imagine yourself 5 years from now being interviewed after your success at the 2017 World Championships in London. The interviewer asks you “What did you have to sacrifice to get here?” Can you imagine saying ‘I had to miss the fifth series of True Blood because I couldn’t fit it in’ or ‘I had to stay off my facebook account on weekdays’. Is that it? Is that all it took? We know that it will take more than that, but are you prepared to sacrifice even that much?

Look at your schedule and clear the space. Be honest with it. Identify the clutter. You need to do your work or your school work and other important stuff. Make sure there is time for that. Then add in what you must do to be successful as an athlete, to achieve your dream. Once you have done that, then you can add in the downtime. If the downtime interferes with the things you know you have to do, then take it out. If you are getting up at 6am and aren’t getting enough sleep, go to bed earlier. Switch off the TV. Why is the TV helping you to get where you need to be? Call of Duty doesn’t give anything back. Time is non-refundable!

Don’t tell yourself “Just this once won’t hurt.” Having a lie in today won’t hurt. Because it will. Not just because you’ve missed a session, but because if this once, then what about nexttime and the time after. Thin end of the wedge.

Don’t kid yourself that you can’t do it today because of this excuse or that excuse. There is always some way and some when that you can fit it in. If you were in the last year before the Olympics, would you make the same choice? If no, then don’t make it now. Don’t tell yourself ‘well I’m not in the last year before the Olympics’ because with that attitude, you never will be!

Make the sacrifices that you need to make and achieve your dream.

Lee Ness

Lee Ness

Sprint Coach and Coaching Coordinator at City of Salisbury Athletics and Running Club
Lee Ness is a coach in the UK. He has a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Engineering. He is the Sprint Coach and Coaching Coordinator for City of Salisbury Athletics and Running Club. He is also Coaching Coordinator and Team Manager for Wiltshire Athletics Association. He has a Level 2 UKA coaching license and a level 1 FA badge. He has written for Athletics Weekly and contributes to a few websites.
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