First of all I want to congratulate all of my fellow skaters competing in the US Single Distance Championships and American Cup in Milwaukee this weekend. All of you deserve a hand for the hard work, preparations and execution of your racing. I wish I could have competed on the fast ice amid the great racing, track records and many personal best times. I will be racing again soon after I recover from my over-training. I am making good progress.
Also, my thoughts and prayers to all those that have been affected by hurricane Sandy.
Common knowledge says we get slower as we age. I have blown that concept completely out of the water. I am faster as a speed skater now at age 56 than when I was a teenager on the national team.
My barriers to progress come in many different forms. First there are the external barriers. I was told at age 16, I would never be an airline pilot. I did not have perfect vision. Had I listened to the eye doctor I would have never reached for my dream. This was a perceived external barrier. After a 35 year career, I am now at the top of my field as a 747 Captain.
Then there are my own internal barriers. Some barriers might be unconscious. Some barriers may be conscious. Some barriers might be cultural. Some might be hereditary. Some might be regional. Some may be rooted in history. Some maybe rooted in my own past. There are as many barriers as there are people, and ways to create them. The key to pushing the limiting beliefs we have, that become our barriers to success, is not limiting the concept of success. By taking responsibility for my success, then expanding my concept, I naturally break down my barriers to my goal achievement. I need to give myself permission to be great. This programs my entire being into being as great as I can be, and sets me up to be successful.
In my experience getting slower is more a choice than anything else. If I choose to do the work, I get the results. If I choose not to do the work, I get slower. There is a point of diminishing returns and reality. I can push that back much farther than anyone could imagine.
What are some of the barriers you would like to break down? I would love to hear all about them…