Written by: Katrina M. Smith, MBA
Date: January 3, 2013
At the beginning of each year, people around the world set what’s become known as New Year’s Resolutions. Resolutions are about resolving some unmet desire/need to improve one’s life or as Joel Osteen writes, “Becoming a better you!” Track & field believe it or not fits this progressive concept.
Becoming a better you. Has a nice ring to it doesn’t it? When spectators and novices first view the sport, they see competitors competing against each other and assume the sport is about comparisons. Beating others. Conquering man! To some extent the sport does reflect these perceptions. However, for the most part, track & field is about self-improvement. Usain Bolt is presently ranked as the world’s fastest, yet he continues to run. If the sport was just about beating others, his mission would be fulfilled, and he would no longer feel the need to run. So why does he continue? Aside from contractual agreements with Puma, he runs to better himself. Realize his best! Track then behaves as a chisel sculpting his life (his person) day by day to fulfill his vision of “becoming a better you.” Track is a lifestyle not an event or activity. With track, Usain Bolt, Alyson Felix, Nick Symmonds, Dawn Harper, and countless athletes worldwide exercise their mind, body, and spirit to PR on the track and in life.
So runners, let’s start the year off on a new foot by rethinking track. As Aaliyah once said, “We Need A Resolution!”
For this 2013 and beyond, may our resolution be to “Become a Better You” through track & field.