Previously I gave a little bit of insight into my Coaching Ethos and Athlete Philosophy and my 5 golden rules.
I’m diving a little bit deeper in to each one in separate posts. so far we have covered Rule #1 Control the Controllable and Rule #2 Find the Positive.
#3 – Focus on YOU
This can be the hardest one for some athletes to get.
It sound simple but in a world of social media and Strava (Social media for sport) there are a thousand and one distractions.
It is one of the reasons I advise all my athletes to leave the facebooks groups etc at least two weeks before their events. Those places become a drain and if you have trained right, they are not needed. They mostly just become a source of anxiety and annoyance – not great for building the right headspace to head into an event with.
Thanks to the ability now to constantly see what everyone else is up to, you can be fooled in to thinking that your goal is to go faster than other people.
It isn’t. Your only goal is to go as fast as YOU can go.
You are put in a start pen, or on a starting line, against other athletes but your job is not to race them. It is to be the best that you can be.
I get so much push back from athletes when I tell them I want them to come off Strava. “I like seeing what others are doing” “I’m only looking at ‘X’” are common replies.
If you are focusing on other people, you are not 100% focussed on yourself. And that means wasted time and wasted energy.
My most successful athletes are the athletes that really buy into this way of thinking.
Their only focus is on their pacing, their Heart Rate zones, their FTP, their preparation etc. They don’t engage with other people about what they are doing in their training as it is of no concern to them.
This doesn’t mean they don’t support others. It is not about being selfish or shut off. It doesn’t mean they don’t want the best for their fellow athletes. They do. They just don’t need to see the numbers or hear about the details.
As their coach, I need to know the numbers. I am data driven when planning their training. I need to know what results we are aiming for. But thats another part of what a great coach will do for you. They will unburden you of all the noise and distraction and build you the stage on which you can rise to your true, full potential. You just have to want to perform.
If you are still looking all around you at what others are doing, you are just not there yet. You are not really ready.
If your focus is anywhere but on your own capacity and capability you will never reach your true best.
So cut the noise and cut the distractions.
If you want to become Great stop competing with others and start only competing with yourself.