11 Minutes That Will Change Your Life - Six Words
The 6 Words That Can Get You Through ANYTHING
I'll admit it: I used to roll my eyes when people would talk about their fitness or life mantras. They just seemed so…forced. But I was connected with an amazing and inspiring coach through TrainingPeaks, an online training program for athletes, and she encouraged me to adopt a mantra for tackling the inaugural Princeton Half Ironman triathlon (1.2 mile open water swim, 56 mile bike ride, 13.1 mile run).
Let me back up a bit and explain how I got to the point of trulyneedinga mantra:
My activity of choice is running. It's inexpensive and easy to do anytime, anywhere. I've completed three full marathons, a handful of half-marathons and countless other small races. So when I was offered the chance to train for and complete the Half Ironman, I initially thought: thanks, but no thanks.
I have a busy enough schedule already and I'm not exactly what you'd call a natural swimmer. In fact, I'd say I'm theoppositeof a mermaid, whatever that might be. Yet, for some reason, I reconsidered the offer. I love a good challenge, and this was a new goal to conquer.
Four months, many hours of training, and one day of activity later…I am a (half) ironwoman! It wasn't easy, but I did it. Throughout this physical challenge, I realized the power of six little words—and that mantras, albeit cheesy, really do work.
Since this whole triathlon thing was scary, unknown territory for me, I took my coach's mantra suggestion to heart. The phrase that felt most natural was "calm and strong." It popped into my head one day during a swim workout and just stuck. Whenever I needed a jolt of motivation, I repeated: You are calm. You are strong. You are calm. You are strong. Say that to yourself over and over again—and you just may start to believe it! (Or at least I did.)
During an open water swim with hundreds of people thrashing about?You are calm. You are strong.
In the midst of a 57-mile hilly bike ride?You are calm. You are strong.
At mile 9 of a hot half-marathon when your legs feel like jelly?You are calm. You are strong.
Before a big work presentation?You are calm. You are strong.
As you prepare to have a tough conversation with a loved one?You are calm. You are strong.
See where I'm going with this? The phrase works foralltypes of situations. Feel free to steal my multitasking mantra—or come up with your own phrase—and use it to power through your days.
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