At the Beach Part 2

Revisiting the question from Part 1:

At the beach do you:

  1. Choose not to run- You’re on vacation
  2. Go for a run on the hard compact sand
  3. Go for a run and opt to run in the soft unstable sand

In Part 1 I explained why choice C is the best option for you and your future: Building off of this, how do you make discipline-driven behavior a habit and skill?

– It begins with figuring out your who and why. Who do you want to become and what are your reasons for this? Begin with the end in mind. What is your desired identity/outcome? The clearer you are with this end vision, the easier it will be to focus in the moment. Don’t call it a dream, call it a plan.

– Surround yourself with those in your life who have already made this type of behavior expected and routine. The more soft sand runners you surround yourself with, the more likely you are to engage in that type of behavior as well. If that is what all of your friends are doing, then naturally you will want to partake as well. “You are the average of the 5 people you hang around the most.” – Jim Rohn. Recognize and use this fact.

Last week at swim practice as we were getting ready to start the planned workout, the scheduled pace for the sets was not that difficult. My lane mate Lindsay spoke up, “This is too easy, we need to make this harder. I’m here to get faster.” As a result of this, the pace was changed to a much quicker send off which made practice much more difficult. If Lindsay had not spoken up, we would not have challenged ourselves nearly as much as we needed to to hit the goal pace. Lindsay is a soft sand runner and her attitude rubbed off on us and made us better. Find the Lindsay’s in your life.

– Identify a role model(s) and Imitate and then Emulate. What do they do that makes them extraordinary? Why are they special? Repeat those desired qualities and behaviors so that they become a habit of yours. “Don’t envy what people have, emulate what they did to have it.” -Tim Fargo

– “Be as you wish to seem.” – Socrates. Let your desired identity, how you want to be viewed and interpreted by those around you, lead and guide you. What you do is so much louder than what you say.

– Consistently Repeated Purposeful Practice Makes Perfect. Figure out what you want, the necessary and required steps, and then execute. What you will become is a result of what you endure.

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” –Maya Angelou

Be Better Than Yesterday,


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