May 4, 2013 by mybattlebuddyfitness
“There’s always the motivation of wanting to win. Everybody has that. But a champion needs, in his attitude, a motivation above and beyond winning.” – Pat Riley
It has been a crazy 24 hours … I have never been exposed to anything quite like a figure competition. When I have the brain power, I’ll dedicate some time to writing out a full debrief of what it was like as an observer at a figure competition. And I’m sure Elisabeth will do a couple of posts about the Emerald Cup, her journey, her experience while she was competing, what she learned.
But I wanted to get on and give some huge, well deserved praise to my friend Elisabeth. She didn’t walk away with a trophy, but she walked away a winner. She is a champion. If you look at any great athletic champions, the majority didn’t just walk into their first competition and win. But they had a mindset, they took their God-given natural talents, which are important, and put their minds to becoming the best at that particular sport. Elisabeth toiled endlessly for 12 weeks to get to where she ended up last night, and she was radiant on that stage. And award aside, she did something that very few people would have the guts to do. I mean beyond all of the training and not eating, she had to strip down to nothing and let someone spray tan her, then she had to put on the skimpiest of swim suits and walk onto a stage for people to ‘judge’ her body. And she did it all with a smile on her face and a confidence in her step that I could never have. And it wasn’t vanity, it wasn’t glory seeking, she wasn’t walking around every day saying “Man, I look wonderful” or “Wow, my body is gorgeous.” Not once did I ever hear her utter anything about how amazing she looked (which she did). There was a quiet humility about this whole journey that struck me. She did this to see what she could make her body do, to test the limits of the human experience in every sense.
I’ll say it again, she is a champion. She is one of the strongest (mentally, emotionally) human beings I know. I’ll leave you with this quote, and please, make sure to let Elisabeth know how proud you are of her. She made My Battle Buddy Fitness look good!
“Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.” – Wilma Rudolph