Fiona Harris Fitness

Chase Your Dreams!!!

Posted Sep 2nd, 2013 in Reflections


2013 Olympia 




Don’t let fear stand in the way of achieving your goals!!! …  Clearly easier said than done!!!!  But this was an important lesson I had to recently learn.  As a competitive athlete you are always striving to do your best.  You dedicate yourself to putting in the hours of training in hopes that it will all pay off on the day of the competition. 

This season has been one full of ups and downs for me.  I’ve experienced successes, disappointments, injuries and frustrations.  But despite the challenges I kept the course.  I had a specific goal in mind and was determined to do whatever it took to achieve it.  Once you have competed at the prestigious Fitness Olympia, there is a hunger you develop as an athlete and earn your place to step back on that stage and compete amongst the best in your sport.  It is a qualification series to earn one of these coveted spots and a battle that is fought amongst many. 

After a full year of competitions, I was left with a difficult decision.  There was one final competition left to earn points for the Olympia.  I knew that in order to earn one of the 5 positions, I needed a top placing.  It would mean no off season and another 2 months of continued dieting and hard training.  In the end there would be no guarantees.  So, I had a decision to make….step back and accept that I would not qualify for the Olympia this year or put it all out there on the line and hope that in the end all the sacrifice would be worth it.  After some words of tough love and encouragement from my husband and some important mentors in my life, I needed to make the decision for myself.  If it all came together the way I hoped, I would be elated and vindicated that all my hard work had paid off.  If I didn’t qualify, I knew I would be heartbroken and left to pick up the pieces.  When I was asked what would bother me more – trying but failing to achieve my goal or not trying and never knowing if I could have made it – the answer was clear.  My motto in life is and will continue to be “no regrets”.  The very next day I contacted my coach to let her know of my plans to compete and I got down to work.  To say I was on edge throughout the entire Tampa Pro competition was an understatement.  I felt like I couldn’t take a breath until it was finished.  In the end, I took 3rd place and earned one of the qualifying spots to compete at the 2013 Fitness Olympia.  To receive that phone call from the IFBB league confirming my qualification to compete was a moment I will never forget.  All the hard work and all the sacrifices had definitely been worth it.  The tears flowed as all the anticipation and fears were released.  I had faced my fears of failure head on and overcome them. 

In life, there are no guarantees.  Yes, this time I took on the challenge and was successful in achieving my goals.  But, that is not always going to be the case.  There will be many times I won’t come out victorious and will have to learn from my failures.  They will definitely be tough lessons to learn, but an inevitable part of life.  The only thing I can think of that is worse than failing is never having tried.  How else will I become a better person and athlete???

So…..I now have less than 4 weeks until the Olympia.  I’m going to train hard and do everything I can to bring the best package possible to the stage.  In my heart though, I have already won.  Now it’s all about enjoying the journey and the moment of standing amongst the best in my sport at what is considered by many to be the top stage in my sport!

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”
Theodore Roosevelt

Chase Your Dreams


1 comment

  • Kim on Sep 6th, 2013
    Fiona That was fantastic! you brought tears to my eyes!!!! You go girl and show them what us Canadian girlz are made of!!!! :)

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