Week 1: "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Week 2: "The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The work of life is to develop it. The meaning of life is to give your gift away."
"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain." From the book Dune by Frank Herbert
Week 4: "The process is the goal...perfect the process first...hard things take time. Impossible things take a little longer."
Week 5: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure."
Week 6: "Think progress, not perfection"
Week 7: "Well-being is realized by small steps, but is truly no small thing." "The professional concentrates on the work and allows rewards to come or not come, whatever they like."
Trust the coaches, your teammates, the workouts, the ideas. Believe in yourself and know that you can run as fast as anyone. Mold a passionate pursuit for excellence every day, and you can attain incredible success through consistent and positive work. Set your goals, but realize the success is in The Journey and the power behind the success is you guys.
You have the power to control your efforts each day. A lot of our training is based on effort and learning to push ourselves to new levels. As we enter the first week of racing, I want you to take chances, going out after fast times, and maybe even have it backfire. Trust the training and use your abilities to keep reaching for improvement. Never fear failure because we will always support each other through the good and the bad.
You have the power to think of others. Running is an amazing part of our lives, but it's exactly that, "a part" of our lives. All of us need the support of others and it's okay to ask for help. Feel safe asking for help, and be sure to offer help to others on our team and outside of the team. You have the power to run each day, and the power to give back each day. Even a simple act of kindness each day can change someone in a very positive way.
You have the power to create a direction. As an example, in the early 1950's, the 4 minute mile used to be deemed an impossible barrier. Many even concluded that death would occur past a certain speed and that 4 minutes was physically impossible. It wasn't until 1954 when Roger Bannister broke this mindset by being the first man to break the 4 minute mile. Just a month later, John Landy beat Bannister's time becoming the second man to break 4. Since then, there have been over 1,000 men to break 4 in the mile! This example shows how once the accomplishment occurred, the mindset of possibility completely changed, which allowed others to accomplish the once deemed impossible feat. The same is true with the goals you currently have and where you can end up. You need the mindset that Roger Bannister and others have had, knowing that through your positive work you can accomplish amazing things. Until you have that belief, you will never have that reality.
Week 1 was great! We had some killer workouts and the team energy was awesome. We will look to grow on our momentum and keep embracing The Journey! Guys on the band trip we expect you to run! There are treadmills and you can always make it happen. We want you running 40-45 minutes each day you are on site, as well as Wednesday morning before you leave. We will talk about our plan at practice Monday.
Let's make it a great week 2!