Talk about a dream, try to make it real

Bruce in concertMany distance athletes use mantras to keep them whole during long workouts. Through repetition it is possible to derive a kind of strength from the right mantra, and sometimes a small push is all it takes. Some of my mantras are straightforward:

You’re almost there.”
Pain is temporary, quiting is permanent.”
“You may be here tomorrow, but your dreams may not.”

Some of my other mantras come from external sources, like Bruce Springsteen. His anthems are mantras for wishful thinking athletes. Here are some:

Talk about a dream, try to make it real – “Badlands”

You’ve got to learn to live with what you can’t rise above – “Tunnel of Love”

Some guys they just give up living, others start dying little by little piece by piece, some guys come home from work and wash up, and go racing in the streets. – “Racing in the Streets”

When it comes to luck, you make your own. – “Lucky Town”

Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on. – “Eyes on the Prize”

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  1. Hey some of us have to use such motivational self-talk just to get out of bed for an early morning workout!

    My current favourite is one I remember reading somewhere from one of the Streeters, probably Freda although it may have been Ali. Think it was said to a swimmer training in Dover. It went something along the lines of “What do you mean it’s hard?? You’re trying to swim the Channel, of course its f*ing hard!”