Last night I moved this book from our office and brought it out to our living room coffee table. If you know me, you know that I am a big believer in positive mantras, verses, pictures; surrounding myself with things and people who inspire and motivate me.
“At first, perhaps they think it is their unique personalities that make them different, but soon they look into the mirror and realize that their bodies are engines that move better than other people’s engines, so they learn to oil the engine and exercise it and feed it whatever it takes and open it full throttle.
Their pursuit, their passion, their sport becomes more than a game, more than scoring points or going faster. It becomes a narcissistic relationship between the psyche and the soma…..They know every muscle, how it works, how it looks, what it can do. They observe themselves, as a master sculptor might observe a statue, or a baker will observe a cake, or a builder will observe a home.
Athletes also have a wariness from knowing that there are rivals out there eager to beat them. They are constantly being challenged, and they practice compulsively and repetitively so as to always be ready for that challenge” – Howard Schatz.