Don't wait until tomorrow!
The mystical place where all human motivation takes place is tomorrow or on Monday. I frequently asked myself, why in the world would anyone want to delay their dreams by waiting an additional day. One of my good friends always told me that tomorrow sometimes means never. Anecdotally, upon my completion of my 3rd professional track and field season I was faced with one of the toughest decisions of my life. Coach Anderson was a man that I respected tremendously as a person and coach. He recruited me out of high school and was my father away from home while I attended Arizona State University some 1845 miles away from my home town Decatur, Georgia. Coach Anderson and I established a great relationship and I never wanted to disappoint him. Following my 2003 season in which I won my first world championships in Paris, my body didn't feel as strong as it did when I began the season and my performances dropped off as the season progressed. I had great body awareness and always made mental notes when things felt out of wack. Entering my next season I wrote out a detailed plan to present to coach Anderson of workouts that I thought we should integrate into my program in my preparation for the Olympic Games in Athens Greece. After a few days of deliberating coach Anderson decided that he was not going to change my program. I can recollect telling him that "I was an extraordinary athlete and that I needed extraordinary workouts." I can remember him chuckling but I truly meant every word. He reiterated that he was not going to change my program and I looked him square in the eyes and told him, "I'm going to have to do it my way this time". The reasoning behind my thought process was if coach failed me he could go on to learn from his mistakes and still be able to coach other great athletes to Olympic Glory. Me on the other hand I would be left thinking I should have or I could have and that was thought I was not willing to live with. I could not wait another second, minute or hour to be the navigator of my destiny. Everyone thought I was crazy. I had complete tunnel vision and could not stop pursing my dream until I reached my destination standing on top of the podium listening to the star spangle banner. In 2004 my dreams came to fruition and I became the 18th American to win the long jump at the Olympics. My advice to any of you that are second guessing yourselves, if you are serious about being great at whatever it is that you do, do me a huge favor and PLEASE DON'T WAIT UNTIL TOMORROW OR MONDAY START TODAY!
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