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Hillseeker® Mental Toughness Series “Other People” — Level 2: Cheer Someone

03/10/2014 - Other cool stuff
Hillseeker® Mental Toughness Series “Other People” —  Level 2: Cheer Someone

 

Today we pick up on the “Other People” Mental Toughness approach with the 2nd level:

 

Level 2: Cheer Someone

 

Level 2 involves pouring all of your energy into cheering for someone else. Imagine from my opening story if I had joined the Belgian for the last kilometer and cheered him to the finish line with a passionate: “You got this — we got this – let’s finish this!”. With this approach, it’s likely that we both would have finished stronger and we would have created a memory much more special than my solo sprint finish.

 

Often when you cast off selfish tendencies and focus your racing energy on motivating and cheering someone else, it will not only help them, but also deliver new strength and energy back to you. It’s a great investment. Try it the next time you are suffering a bit during a training session. Think of yourself as a pacer for a friend in an ultra marathon. Regardless of how you are feeling as a pacer, you know that you are there for the sole reason of providing support and encouragement so that your friend will finish the race. That sense of purpose gives you strength to be a great pacer and the ability to ignore any of your own challenges. When she’s been out running for 20 hours and you are only two hours into your shift with her, the last thing you want to do is let her hear you complain about your feet or hunger. Your sense of purpose and focus on someone else places you in a zone of strength.

 

The next step is to trust it during your own race. Cheer your fellow racers – offer encouragement even especially if you’re in great need of it yourself. It will make a huge difference.

 

Give Level 2 a try and then let’s move on to Level 3. Here’s Level 1 in case you missed it.

 

Train smart, play hard and have fun!

— Coach Jeff

 

 

Jeff Grant is the author of "Flow State Runner: Activate a Powerful Inner Coach’s Voice" and "Run Faster: Unlock Your Speed in 8 Weeks". Based in Switzerland, Jeff is a coach and writer who specializes in mental coaching, peak performance, and transformation. Jeff’s popular newsletter is a digest containing inspirational and instructional resources, including his latest content. See recent issues and subscribe for free here. Refer to Jeff’s bio and press kit for more information, and please check out Jeff’s Coach & Author page on Facebook.

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