Four simple words that can be so unbelievably powerful or incredibly devastating.
“ Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble” - Yehuda Berg
Our inner head trash can be one of the most shattering parts of our performance and we often sabotage ourselves before we even start. In the book ‘The Brave Athlete’ by Simon Marshall and Lesley Paterson, they speak of the three brains we have; your ancient chip brain keeps you alive, your modern professor brain that navigates the civilized world and your computer brain that accesses your memories and runs your habits (good and bad). They fight for control all the time and that when bad things happen; you get crazy nervous before a race, you choke under pressure, you quit when the going gets tough, you make dumb mistakes, you worry about how you look.
What if you could stop the thoughts and feelings you don’t want? What if you could feel confident, suffer like a hero and handle any stress? You can.
You can train your brain, you can train you thoughts and you can train the words that you are speaking when it comes to your everyday life and your sporting performance.
Standing on the side of the lake getting ready to race a half Ironman I took a few minutes of quiet time and the words going through my head were
I AM STRONG
I AM CONFIDENT
I AM DETERMINED I AM FIERCE
I CAN SWIM with the faster group I CAN BIKE HARD
I CAN SUFFER and be alright
My inner head trash was non- existent. I was loose and confident leading into the race. This mentality freed me up to tackle what the day had planned. I am able to better handle obstacles as they come at me and control all the parts of the day that I am able to control.
My control comes from my ability to transform into my alter-ego...which to this day still remains nameless but exists! Todd Herman, creator of the 90 day year, talks about amplifying your strengths with an alter ego as a means to get out of your own way. In critical moments that could potentially be great opportunities for growth and expansion many of us are not prepared to take advantage of those opportunities because we lack the tools and skills necessary to execute when we need it most. I have
taught myself that when the swim cap goes on the alter ego comes out and I rise to the level of my training and I rise to occasion that the day presents.
So...next time you are faced with an obstacle or an opportunity what will your I AM I CAN words be?
Athlete, myofascial release specialist, strength and conditioning coach, author.
5 Weeks to Better Health ; Take Action in your life to make BIG changes!
18 months ago, I received a call from my brother with bad news, he had cancer. In that moment, my world shifted. He is not only my brother but also my mentor and my friend. His diagnosis was dire, Stage 4 cancer and given 2 months to live. Happily I can say, he is with us today, strong and healthy although still fighting cancer he is winning the battle. The doctors are baffled, mystified and inspired by his vitality, attitude and slowing down of his disease.
So what changed for him? Treatment options were limited so he set out to change those things that he had complete control over – his food choices. Watching my brother slowly recover his health and seeing the significant role that our diet plays in our wellness inspired us to create the Running Clean program.
Nutritional science is still in its early stages, and there seems to be many myths and fads around food and food choices that it can be confusing and overwhelming for the consumer to make healthy choices. With the help of a holistic nutritionist we have created a 5 week fully supported program that will unravel the mysteries of food. Participants will walk away with a very clear understanding of how they can fuel themselves, and they will reclaim control over their health and wellbeing.
Some of the results you may experience are:
We meet as a group once/week in North Vancouver. Your support team includes myself and Gillian Bogden a holistic nutritionist. She will provide you with healthy eating plans/guides and recipes and teach you the facts about food.
You will be coached by myself in the areas of:
We are committed to guiding you into a healthier lifestyle so that you can have your best life, do the things you love to do and feel great while doing it.
Want to Register? Contact us at momentumsport.ca. Cost is $300.00
Hippocrates: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
Creating Peak Performances
"If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it." Tonny Lasorda