Amna Al Haddad
Sports Pioneer from the Middle East

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Published on May 16th, 2016 | by Amna Al Haddad


Why Rushing into Big Steps post-competition is NOT a Good Idea

“Setting goals for others can be aggressive – really wanting a success story for ourselves. When we do this to others, we are asking them to live up to our ideals. Instead we should just be kind.


We live in a world that is so fast-paced, a world that encourages “fast is better”, beast-mode, go kill it, so on and so forth. Everything is thought to be “urgent”, and if you’re not with the crowd, you are seen as slow, lazy, inadequate perhaps. The way I see it, is that many are going no where fast, while missing the beauty of finding your own pace in a world that makes you think fast is always the best.

I am not a fan of this phenomena or approach. Learning who you are and learning YOUR pace is far more important than keeping up, because guess what,  the world will revolve and change everyday – but what direction do YOU want to go?

My direction remains the same day in and day out, because I am not in this world to live up to anyone ideals of me of what I should or should not be doing with MY time. Your time is your commodity. Your time is your investment in you and your life and the direction you want for it.

“Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.” – M. Scott Peck.

If you are constantly on the go, go, go – when do you stop at the gas station to refuel?

I like to refuel often.

Lately I’ve been asked this question a lot – so what will you do next? What are your plans? What projects will you start? Olympic 2020?

To put in perspective, before answering those questions, I have spent the last 4 years more or less putting my body  and mind under tremendous pressure, training at high level, competing in international competitions, and in between dealing with sponsors and the media, without getting a break because I never saw my life as “a job” per se.

After two weeks of going to the doctor’s office post the Asian Championships – Rio Olympic Qualifier, my L5 disc has actually gotten worse and the pain/affected area is now also affecting my S1L5. It is likely that I will be having a non-invasive procedure to tame the pain and the herniation. I am supposed to take some quite time off – possibly 6 to 8 weeks with not much of physical activity other than very light impact stuff such as swimming and walking.

I tried to reach the Olympics in 4 years training with no athletic background prior – because I am just a tad bit nuts, but I do not have any regrets and being an athlete means being exposed to injuries – minor or major – throughout your career. I lived every moment in the last four years from standing into podiums, to crying my heart out at night, to traveling and seeing the world, to standing in front of 100s of people to give talks and inspire, to being in the media about my Olympic goal and looking for sponsorship, and more. I have done a lot in the last few years.

So what is my next step you ask?

As the CEO of Amna’s awesome journey in life; my next steps is to rest and recover as long as needed.


About the Author

Amna Al Haddad , born in 21 Oct 1989, is an Emirati who always had a passion for health and fitness. She made history by being the first Emirati and GCC national to ever to participate in the Reebok Crossfit Games Asia Regionals. Since then she embarked on Olympic Weightlifting with being an IWF Arab and West-Asian Champ -63. A NIKE sponsored athlete, a motivational speaker and published author.

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