My average day looks like this: 5am start, no time for staying in bed for five more minutes, I can’t afford to hit the snooze button. The first workout of the day awaits, followed by some university prep before heading to work or class at 8am. At 5pm, I’m doing it all again, another training session till 9pm. Taking a shower, eating, maybe cooling down for some time and back to bed – reenergizing for the next day. You might ask how do I it, day in and day out? Well – I do it because I enjoy it and because I’ve found simple ways to keep me on track.
1. Surround yourself with the right people
This is not a secret:
These people are key influencers in your life. They are the basis for a positive mindset, they respect your situation and the challenges that you are facing and they encourage you wherever you need it, even if they don’t share the full range of your passion. Most of my closest friends have never been particularly interested in sports but still they cheer for me at every single championship and they take their time to enjoy the limited amount of time I have for them.
2. Make space for the small things
With a really busy timetable I’ve learned the importance of enjoying the little things to keep my life balanced. Especially in times of hard work and no immediately visible success, a funny and creative comment on my social media accounts can give me as much joy as a new personal best on the track. Even though those two things are not comparable at all – in that moment they have the same effect: They cheer me up and give me a reason to be a little more positive.
3. Be a warrior not a worrier
When people ask me why I jump hurdles I often answer: “I like the fact that you have ten hurdles, so that’s ten chances to be better than your opponent.” This mindset is something that I have tried to include into my daily life and my plans for the future in general. Challenges are the opportunity to leave your mark on history. When you are able to challenge yourself every single day you have the opportunity to be a winner every day. This doesn’t stop on the track; it goes to the office with me, to my circle of friends, to my life in general and it’s the way I approach every single day.