One More Time!

Having just arrived back from Madrid, where the annual conference was held for the international sailing organization, I am excited to announce my campaign for the 2012 Olympics has officially begun!!  The equipment for my sailing class was a hot topic and I did my best as a member of the athletes commission to promote that choice as well as push for some governance changes.   I also had met with the king and queen of Greece and was delighted to sit with them at the same dinner table for the awards ceremony.  Unfortunately the queen didn’t have any daughters! And of course I asked!

As with anything in life change is met by much resistance,  but change can be for the better, as long as you make use of every change and opportunity that comes your way.   I went through all the options in front of me. I took out my notebook and listed all the goods, bads, and uglys that I had done in the past four years.  I then decided there is nothing in my life that could quite compare to competing at the Olympic games again.   If I could be there one more time, I’d do it differently, and I think I could win with proper preparation this next time around. The reality is I’ve found renewed energy for competition, something found deep inside my heart. I have not ever felt so motivated to compete again.   The reception since the Olympic Games has been a heartwarming delight and to share with schools and organizations has inspired me as well to continue competing. I’ve heard plenty of “you must be so proud to have just been there”, and I was, but I left empty handed.  Deep inside of me I want to win, and now in my new circumstances, I can do just that unequivocally.

I live for the upcoming days, and will share with you all of my thoughts and ups and downs along the way. is being completely redone and will be much more active with what matters the most, motivation and spirit.  The changes I needed to make; part personal and part competitively have fallen into place and I have now made a new plan to improve on the biggest areas needed to win. My time, my team and increased focus. So no law school right now, no jobs in management, I turned off my jobs in consulting, and am going for it all the way.  I won’t let this opportunity slip by, I have to seize it and now I know I can. Yes, I am smiling right now!

There is sometimes never an argument with your gut feeling, and for me that gives me great certainty in continuing hard into 2009.  I hope to emerge as a player that is in serious medal contention, and nothing less.  We’ll be in touch shortly, I am after a win at the first world cup event at the Miami championships in January.  Training partners are arriving in a week, and I will not let up until I have finished this with all I have left in my heart. Thank you for cheering me on so loudly and counseling me through the losses as well as the wins.  It’s time to make a Gold happen. Until soon, don’t give up and make some history! With much love!

Ben Barger

P.S. Happy Thanksgiving!

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