Running Diligence – Yogi Was Right

Over the holidays, I grabbed a book off the shelf and started reading. I’ve been working to live by the phrase, Never Stop Learning, while trying to push myself toward diligence and consistency in training for trail running and ultramarathons.

And it’s not just sports, but I also want to do my due diligence in making sure my career follows what I truly love and enjoy in life.

Running Diligence - Yogi Berra quote game is half mental
Ninety percent of the game is half mental. — Yogi Berra

Running Mind Game

Along with the above quote from Yogi Berra, he’s also attributed to pointing out that we can observe a lot just by watching and I have to laugh thinking how true that statement can be.

There’s only so much we can do in running and training. Whether it be for a race or a project at work, we need to be mentally prepared for the challenge ahead.

I think back to mile 20 of the marathon, that proverbial wall runners fear. I may have run distances twice as far and be in top physical shape. If I haven’t mentally prepared, the wall will defeat me. “Mental skills become as important to performance as physical skills,” writes Gary Mack in Mind Gym.

Running Constructively

And it’s not just on the race course or trail where the mental game is important. Whatever stage of life we’re in, we can use our mind more constructively.

I can’t tell you how many times in training that I’ve hit a big hill with negativity swirling through my mind. Or how many times I’ve entered a work meeting doubting my ability to communicate clearly on a tough topic. That doubt did nothing to contribute to success. I’ve hit those walls just as many in a positive frame of mind and tackled them with confidence.

Whether at our worst or our best, it’s figuring out how to control and harness that doubt for good that can make or break our game.

What you think affects how you feel and perform. Training your brain is as important as training your body. — Mind Gym.

This starts a series of posts working my way through Mind Gym by Gary Mack. I read the book and it inspired quite a bit of motivation. I’m sharing a few thoughts as I work through the book once more.

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