Instant Gratification: What We All Want But Cannot Have

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Source: GoTengo.com[/caption] Instant gratification is something that we all want and in today's world of the 24 second news cycle we want it even faster than ever before.  We put on a pair of running shoes and we should be qualifying for Boston.  We slip our feet in the pedals and all of a sudden we are racing Contador up the Alps in Le Tour De France. Once those goggles are sitting on our face we have visions of looking to the side and seeing Michael Phelps a half-body length behind us.  Contrary to all these dreams and ideas that those that are GREAT at what they do happened overnight, I am here to tell you that it takes work.  Lots of work.  Lots of hard work.  You don't become an overnight sensation no matter who you are. Maria wrote a blog post that had me thinking immediately and I wanted to do a sort of follow-up to it because at the current time I am going through the want for instant gratification but I know deep down when I can't sleep at night that for me to become that overnight sensation it is going to take hours and hours of work.  Lately, I have been up late tossing and turning for a number of reasons.  First is that we finally sold our house as well as purchased a new townhouse.  We chose to downsize because with two active people in the house and a child that spends time with his father there was no need for all this house, not to mention the money we spend to live here.  Second thing to come along at the wrong time was a family tragedy (those that know me on Facebook know what I am talking about) and it has consumed us since the day it happened.  We will heal and get 'past' it but it lingers there.  These stresses have created a desire to become the best cookbook author I can be.  Problem is it is not happening overnight. When I, finally, started down this path of becoming a cookbook author I was expecting nothing.  A follower of mine on Twitter posted a link to a contest.  The contest was to take place while I was in Puerto Rico racing 70.3 San Juan so I did what anybody in my social media marketing shoes would do.  I scheduled the tweets that were necessary to enter the contest since I would be pre-occupied with swimming, biking and running.  Sure enough out of hundreds of entries I made the Sweet 16.  Again, I put together a series of scheduled tweets since I knew I was not going to have the time to type them not to mention I was with friends in Puerto Rico.  I did not make the Elite 8 but I had a new-found desire to get this cookbook off the ground. I was contacted by a couple of literary agents and that fire started burning deeper and deeper.  I became a maniac in the kitchen with creating dishes and dishes.  I was asked for recipes and told those that were asking for them that I had to hold onto them for they were going into the cookbook.  Foolish me thought that a tweet here and a Facebook response there would result in a contract and an advance.  It is now July 1st and the cookbook still has no publisher but the fire to continue down this path is still raging although on some days it is more like smoldering.  Each time I step into the kitchen to create a meal I think about how it would play out in the cookbook.  I think about the fact that somebody may ask me for the recipe.  These days I readily provide more and more recipes either through my Instagram account or through this here blog (look at the top you'll see a link for recipe -- go ahead click it!) Just as Maria points out, in regards to endurance sports, we are not able to generate instant gratification for something that is such a BIG dream.  Some may say make your dreams smaller, but what good is that?  Chasing lots of small dreams leaves you empty and void of the big goal accomplishment.  I want to race in Kona and be able to go there with a signed copy of my own cookbook that shows that endurance athletes can compete with the best in the wold on a plant-based diet.  That may not seem like a big deal to anybody but me, but this is my dream and when you work hard enough dreams become reality.  Today this post will go out to hundreds, but tomorrow it will go out to thousands than tens of thousands and eventually millions.  Will it happen overnight......only if you close your eyes and wake up years from now and say:  Hey, I remember when Jason started his blog as Baha70.3Ironman.com. If all we have is instant gratification how can we ever savor the moments when we finally accomplished something?  I remember crossing the finish line of my first Ironman and knowing that I had just worked 6 months to get there.  When I crossed the finish line of Ironman Arizona 6 months after that the moment will never be forgotten because I had suffered a bike crash and still managed to get through that race.  As Ironman Texas 2013 came to a close I think I was happier at that moment then the two previous finishes.  I had just battled the heat and humidity, the awful swim and was finishing off my 3rd Ironman in 12 months.  The accomplishments are something to talk about but what I am most proud of is the work that went into them to get there.  The hard work of daily training. The sweat rate tests.  The monitoring of macro-nutrients to ensure proper recovery.  All of that took place over 18 months and today I sit here with the accomplishment of being a 3x Ironman. Transferring that mindset to the cookbook is what I am doing now.  I am still training but I am using the Matt Oravec book of No Training Plan, Training Plan for the time being.  My focus is on my family and new house but also each night before I go to sleep I write down a recipe to try.  I have notes upon notes upon notes that seem to be in my face all the time (I guess that happens when you have an iPhone, iPad and Mac Book Air that are sharing all of your items.)  This is a good thing for me as it allows me to tweak and edit the recipes as I go along.  My overnight success and eventual cookbook will be the result of lots of hours of hard work.

Instant Gratification Comes To Those That Work Hard Over A Long Time.

 
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About the Author:

I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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