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What Motivates Them?

Monday, February 3rd, 2014


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I am never going to be an Olympian.  I can say that for certain.
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I’m not going to swim from Cuba to the Florida Keys
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I am not going to win the Superbowl.
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These are things that I know for sure.
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In fact, I can’t even begin to imagine the discipline it must take to do any of these things; the focus, the determination, the sacrifice.
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Can you?
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I have run a few half marathons, I have biked a few MS150s, I have opened a yarn store and run it for almost 5 years, but these things pale in comparison to what others choose to do.
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Let’s just talk Olympic hopefuls for a second.  Some of these athletes train their whole lives for one try.  Can you imagine?  Training for years and then only getting one crack at it.  No second chances.  Man, you’ve gotta want it.
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It’s why I watch the Olympics with my hands over my face most times.  I can’t stand to see anyone fall, or fail.  I mean when a speed skater has one chance to make it to the next heat and she falls?!  Who cares what country she is from.   Or when an ice skater falls while trying to stick the landing of a triple sow cow something or another.  EEEEKKKK!  My heart falls.
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It’s all or nothing with the Olympics and lets be real here, more of them fail to win than get on the medal stands.   There are 294 medal opportunities in Sochi and over 3,500 athletes will compete.  Those aren’t great odds.
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I’d venture a guess that most of them know they don’t have a chance to medal. So, what motivates them?  And how do I instill just a bit of that drive and passion in my kiddos, heck, in me too?
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Our DKA Ravelry group is joining the Ravellenics fun this year.  Click here to link to our Ravelry DKA Page and join in some fiber challenges.
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