Change is hard. We have to find the motivation and drive to change our mindset to change our actions. There is usually a good deal of negative voices coming from within that we need to overcome. Sometimes those voices are external. Friends, family, and complete strangers will also comment on our journey, and not always in the nicest manner.
On today’s episode we talk about the negative voices coming from outside, also known as the haters. We cover a lot of points, but the biggest takeaway is that perspective is extremely important.
First, whatever message you are sending out into the world is not going to be received the same by every person. They have their own opinions and values, and frankly even their current mood may affect how well they interpret your message. Some people may try to hold you back for your own safety, some out of fear of losing you, some out of jealousy that you are accomplishing things they want to accomplish....
As coaches and runners we are familiar of coming up short in some of the biggest moments. There are always athletes who manage to step up when it is all on the line, and others who...well, don’t. What is it that separates these performances? The answer is generally in your head rather than in your legs.
In this episode, we cover the obstacles that prevent us from reaching our full potential. All of the topics fall under the general umbrella of limiting beliefs. We have these ideas stuck in our head that hold us back. Unfortunately, our subconscious mind reacts to a thought we have as though it is a fact. This means if we tell ourself anything negative, we then think that idea is a clear truth.
We start with the notion of bringing previous experiences to our current situation. What started out as a survival mechanism is now holding us back when we try to apply order and logic to a new experience.
We continue with the go-to negative...
Perspective changes everything we do and how we do it. We naturally compare ourselves with others or with previous versions of ourselves. We judge workouts and difficult trials before they start. We name things hard or comfortable. We predetermine how stressful an event will be. Shaping the way we interpret every event in our lives, the perspective we bring to all situations is incredibly important.
In this episode, we start discussing our personal comparisons. We cover how social media can lead us to a comparison with someone else’s edited and ideal world. Social media is starting to actually show some reality, but still is filled with the opportunity to create a comparison that is simply impossible to reach.
Another form of comparison is the downward comparison. In this version, we protect ourselves by making sure that we only make comparisons to people we already feel we are better than. While it works as a nice boost...
Are you a real runner? Do you identify as a runner? What are some of the benefits of finally accepting this identity, and what can be some of the downfalls of identifying this way?
Over years of coaching I have watched many runners take on the identity of runner. Some are quick to accept while others take years to accept and may secretly still think they are not actually a runner. The issue is usually connected to a negative self image and poor comparisons of themselves versus other "real runners". Once someone finally accepts the title of “runner,” the improvements on the metal and physical sides can really take off.
As long as running remains a hobby and not an identity, there is always an excuse for missing a goal. When a runner goes all in, a concept that varies widely in the world of real life runners, they can start working towards improvements. Goals can be set, training can be focused, experiments can be run....
With the start of a new school year, there has been a lot of talk about clean slates and fresh starts. Today, we talk about that concept and take two different angles:
1. On one hand, we should look at everyday as a fresh start, a new chance to make choices that lead us closer to the person that we want to become, the goal we want to achieve or the milestone that we want to hit. Why wait until some random day on the calendar when you can just start today?
2. On the other hand, do we ever actually get a clean start? Our experiences shape us and our view of the world, so is there such a thing as a fresh start? Can we just forget about the past and start again? And if so, do you want to?
We talk about reality vs. perception, and how all events and people in our life can help to teach us things and help us to grow. Yes, each day is a new day, and we should be conscious about the choices that we make, but changing our perceptions on past...
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