Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Doing What you Love

Recently, I watched one of the most influential Tedx Talks to which you can find at the bottom of this post. It hit me like a ton of bricks. I am doing exactly what this guy Scott Dinsmore expressed. What was ironic is that he even referenced my name "Jeff" as an example to look to others who are doing inspiring things. That will help you.

I find this video to be important for two overarching reasons. Number one, he mentioned why people don't follow their passion or stay in a scripted life. Secondly, he expressed the huge impact that the people and surroundings around us make. He literally open the doors to possibility in this talk. "Everything was impossible until someone did it." Start applying this to your training...

Don't tell yourself you can't do something. Whatever finish line or time related goal you have for your next endurance event make sure to believe it. Confidence goes a long way. Know what you're capable of and hit that time. Cross that line.

Don't believe what other people tell you. Too often, people buy into what others say. "You can't do that, You won't."This is hidden factor number two that stalls training progress. When push comes to shove preparation and consistency will determine outcome. This point feeds right into his last comment.

"You choose who to put in your corner." Whether its the CFE Staff, CFHH Coaches, Lindsay or my athletes there are a lot of people around me that make me better. I am able to learn from them. I am able to capture those experiences that are needed to grow. I believe that this is the biggest factor that allows me to follow my passion. Let me rephrase this this. These are the people who literally got me to the work that I cannot not do.

At the end of the day, Scott makes the strongest point of all; "You have 100% control of what you go after. Most things are totally in our hands." I absolutely agree and this is where I start with new athletes as we work together on developing their initial training vision. I want to know their motivation. I need to know there strengths as well as their challenges. Once we identify where the athlete wants to be, it's all about setting up a strategic action plan and going after it. Coaches Job. Athlete executes. I find that identifying the things that athletes have 100% control over puts the ball in their court. It's always about behaviors verses outcomes. What's also important is setting up 3month goals or race related intentions. Targets are in between the outcomes so we know we're on track. Together we identify the end result. The stuff before it is really what matters.

Anwyays, watch the video and let me know what you think. Training is like life for guys like me so that's where I tend to apply things. I'm sure you can take something inspiring from it. Thank you Scott.

"Taking jobs to building your resume is like saving sex for old age" 

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