2 Critical factors that saved mine workers in Chile.

The whole world has been eagerly watching the rescue of 33 Chilean miners who have been trapped underground for over 2 months and marvelling at their resilience. Hundreds of TV hours have been dedicated to the near tragedy since they became trapped – all with the single theme: Is it possible that they can survive, and what will the effect be on their mental state? 2 factors above all else led to their survival. They were together and they...

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Consistency results from Congruence.

“You cannot consistently perform in a manner which is inconsistent with the way you see yourself.” Zig Ziglar I’ve written about presence in a previous column, but we cannot ignore the fact that your actions result from your thoughts – not the other way around. When you see yourself as an accomplished athlete that is what you will be. Several years ago (15 in fact) I thought it would be great to ply my trade as a Speaker and Trainer...

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Can success NOT equal winning?

“You can stand tall without standing on someone. You can be a victor without having victims.” Harriet Woods Very often victory is defined by beating others. Surely if you want to be #1 you have to get there first. But if you manage to do this without causing emotional hurt to others you become a true victor. Bruce Fordyce relates the story of his famous victory passes during the last 10km’s of 9 Comrades victories. He says that as he...

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Motivation through Self-discipline.

“Improve your self-discipline by reminding yourself of the results you will achieve through it.” Here it is, that big word – Self Discipline. Don’t panic! In my book, self-discipline equals nothing more than Habits. So, get into the habit (pardon the pun) of forming strong habits. Psychologists tell us that it takes 21 days to form a habit. If you repeat an action for 21 days, that action becomes ingrained in your neural pathways. ...

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“Action should culminate in wisdom.”

The second worst thing that can happen to an athlete is to have bad race. There will be days when nothing seems to gel, when your legs are heavy, when you just don’t feel like it. Two years ago I had one of “those” days after my wife got me doing some DIY in the garden involving paving stones the day before a race. That was the longest 110km EVER on a bike. The worst thing that can happen though is not learning from your actions. So...

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