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The Power of “YET”


So I’ve been thinking about this word “YET” a lot lately. Such a small tiny word, and we throw it around a lot. There’s plenty of small words, only 3-4 letters, that have a lot of power: no… yes… sex… stop… love…. hate… tri… try… and YET. I started thinking…what if every time I said/thought that I couldn’t do something I finish that with “yet”.

For example, I can’t fix my tire…yet. I can’t cook a pot roast…yet. I can’t run a marathon…yet. I’m not eating as healthy as I should…yet. Apparently I’m not the only one who has ever thought this – shocker – so I pulled some of these images where others have obviously thought about it too. It’s such a small word but when you put it in this context of something that’s personal and feels out-of-reach to you……like, say, an Ironman triathlon for example…it does create a feeling of possibility and potential.

img_3601“I haven’t finished a Half Ironman event …………………yet.” That’s a really different statement than just leaving it closed. Closed implies that I probably won’t ever do it, don’t want to, don’t think I can, etc. But tying that little word YET to the end of it changes the commitment level and expands the possibility of what can happen.

One of Ironman’s slogans is Anything Is Possible. This weekend I watched a lot of the Ironman NC event down in Wilmington. One thing I noticed was that even though there were very  strong, athletic people racing that day, there were also a ton of very normal looking people there. People much bigger than me and much less fit than me were able to make a massive commitment and show up to an event where they probably felt like an impostor even though they’ve put in tons of work. At my OBX event I saw a guy with one or both fake legs, and then in Wilmington I saw someone get out of the water with one leg. That takes some F balls of steel and courage to be among that crowd. It’s no joke even at sprints, but that’s a different level altogether at an Ironman half or full race.

I can’t do that yet. I can’t do a half or full IM today, but I definitely will one day!





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