He's become even more well known over the last few years with his scandal of blood doping. (while I know it's illegal, I remember learning about it in detail in my exercise physiology class. It's quite brilliant. and no I'm not endorsing it, but whoever came up with that is genius.)
I'm reading a book right now that has everything to do with his life and the rise and fall of his career.
It's called Wheelmen.
It's amazing. I can't put it down.
But I've learned a lesson from Lance.
Growing up, from the time he was 11, he was competing in kids' triathlon's and everyone could see he was different than everyone else.
Including himself. He recognized that he was destined for greatness in athletics, and he knew he had a special talent.
He would blow his competitors out of the water.
His vision of who he could be propelled him to greatness and helped him be motivated to work hard and reach his potential.
He thought that because he was so good, he would never have to worry about being beat.
However, there was also a part of that knowledge that early on in his career held him back.
Because he knew how good he was, he didn't listen to his coaches.
He HATED being coached.
In fact, he would get so mad at his coaches, sometimes they feared for their safety
(Maybe they were weak sauce??)
And because of that attitude, there were races when he lost. Big time. Because he was arrogant and in some ways, complacent.
So. What does this have to do with us???
It is CRUCIAL that we recognize our potential.
Our potential in every area of our lives, but especially as children of a loving Heavenly Father.
He loves us so much.
He has it in each of our blueprints for life to achieve greatness and make a difference.
Eventually to return to Him and have all that He has.
Can you believe that? Like, that's mind blowing to really grasp mentally.
If we don't understand our potential, we need to pray to understand it.
And then pray to know how to achieve it, followed by diligent action and hard work.
Just like Lance did (minus the prayer, he wasn't really religious).
We can't let that knowledge leave us thinking that because we are great, and have amazing potential, that we are untouchable.
We can't get complacent and think that because of our great potential and who we are, Satan and the influences of the world (Our competitors) can't touch us, or that we can't be beat.
We can't disregard our coach's (priesthood leaders, parents, our Savior) advice, or ignore their counsel on how to improve.
That's where Lance went wrong.
He was an incredible athlete, there's no doubt.
We are crucial players in God's great plan.
He, in a lot of ways, is someone who touched a lot of lives, and who helped a lot of people.
I look up to him for a lot of things he did.
We have a ton of opportunities to bless the lives of those around us, and to uplift and lighten the load of someone near us.
He was someone who had great potential, recognized it, and he let it get to his head.
We have even greater potential in the eternal scheme of things than Lance did on his bike.
He kicked butt to be successful and reach that potential.
What are we going to do?
Knowledge is power.
Do you have knowledge of your potential?
Everyday I try to get a better glimpse of mine, and I'm still trying to grasp it.
I hope that I can take the knowledge I have now of my potential, and let it help me see things even more clearly. In return, use that knowledge to bless others, and to help me be better; instead of letting it get to my head and getting complacent.
Our potential is really limitless.
HOW COOL ARE WE???