The Four D’s

In my university days when I was studying to be a lawyer, I created a personal mantra which has stuck with me throughout my life and still motivates me to improve and push forward. It’s called the four D’s:

Desire, Determination, Dedication and Discipline.

Together with the four D’s, commitment, resilience, mindset, perseverance and hours of training all came to fruition this past weekend, when my husband competed in his first triathlon and I went along for the fun of it and added another one to my list.

I thought I had hung up my helmet a few years ago but I was again drawn to the challenge of setting a difficult goal and working towards it. All did not go according to plan however as the vis majeure (forces of nature) had other plans in mind. The sea was brutal and unforgiving and I struggled to get out of the surf at the start of the race. It was so daunting that the organisers arranged for lifeguards to take some of the women about 50 m out so they could start the swim.

Fear and panic started to overwhelm me and I felt completely immobilised. I was ready to give up when an angel in the shape of a gorgeous man appeared next to me. No it wasn’t my hubby or my coach! A stranger from the crowd came up to me and asked me if I wanted him to teach me how to deal with the surf and get out of it.

I was almost ready to go home but I am not really one to give up so I said yes. He ended up swimming the race next to me and without him, I don’t think I would have made it this time.

What was so amazing to me was the random act of kindness this man showed me and it has renewed my faith in humanity once again.

The spirit and kindness of everyone this weekend was unbelievable. Our training group (who are all different ages (ranging from 40-73 years old), the triathlon organisers, the other competitors and our support crew all deserve to be commended.

This weekend I gained courage, strength and confidence again. The random act of kindness from a stranger renewed my perseverance, tenacity and commitment.

This is what true championship and camaraderie is all about. Thank you Paul. Your kindness helped me brave that sea and restored my self-belief and belief in others. Finding the courage to overcome my fear followed easily with your guidance and sheer presence.

Anthony Robbins words “Determination is the wake-up call to the human will” rang true for me this past weekend and is December’s mantra, a perfect end to the year.

Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. If I can do it, so can you.

PS: Thanks to everyone for the supportive and inspiring messages.

Onwards and Upwards


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