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MADE FASTER & STRONGER BY DAN COSSINS

M4DE XD

MADE FASTER & STRONGER BY DAN COSSINS

M4DE XD

MADE FASTER & STRONGER BY DAN COSSINS

M4DE XD

MADE FASTER & STRONGER BY DAN COSSINS

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MADE FASTER & STRONGER BY DAN COSSINS

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It's not out there, it's in here

It's not out there, it's in here

This week, the same observation has reached me in a few different situations. I’ll describe the issue from an athletic point of view...... 

I see it a lot and it has to do with goals, motivation and how you get to the point where that goal could be realized.

When an athlete has a goal, and often a very grandiose one, they will tell you what they want to achieve. It’s way out there in the future, but they can see it. Maybe it’s to win an Olympic Gold Medal. It’s way out there, so out there, that it looks as if the things that will help you do that are out there too. The athlete and sometimes the coach looks under every metaphorical stone they can find.

As they’re going about the search, looking under stones, what they’re not doing is looking at the obvious thing. They are not being present, conscious and in the moment. They’re looking out there for the answer.

The goal is the destination. It’s the end point (if you wanna look at it that way, which may not be wise, but that’s another blog). Think of yourself as a car and the goal as the end of your journey. Its true you’re going to need petrol, snacks and water, maybe a pot of those floury travel sweets like the ones my grandma used to fuel my ADHD with.  Think of these things you need as resources. They are important but perhaps not essential.

But the thing that gets missed is that none of that is coming unless you put the car in gear and slowly pull off and concentrate on doing it as well as possible. The end of any journey is always in its start.

So how do you relate that to an athletes’ process. Well when looking out there, finding the new supplement, going to a hi tech facility to have the weight of your chest hair measured for that tiny little gain, you’re missing a point, it starts with one foot being put in front of the other, it starts with YOU.

And yes I know that walking to Holland and Barratt requires walking and some positive action of some kind, but what I think happens is this. Not being conscious of taking those first simple steps means you miss the detail. I know athletes who’ll sort out sponsorship deals with companies but they don’t even do the stretching they are required to do with the correct level of application.

You have to remember, your journey can only be reached inside your body. That’s your vessel to greatness.

So, stay present, stay conscious, stay in the moment, take care of your body, keep your mind inside it, put one foot in front of the other, because it’s not out there, it’s in here!

 

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