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One Liners

I am putting a couple videos together for you guys on some agility drills and techniques that I will be getting up soon. In the meantime, I wanted to get a few quick thoughts out there.

You know how sometimes you have the internal monologue running? Sometimes a word, a phrase, a question, kind of sticks in your brain, and you find yourself reflecting on it throughout the day.  Recently, I have a had few thoughts floating around on the front of my brain, they are all from different sources and I wanted to share them.

“When was the last time you accomplished anything meaningful without some sort of sacrifice.”

This was when I attended the IYCA summit in Louisville at the end of September. Pat Rigsby was presenting about some business best practices (which, by the way, was a great presentation that gave our whole staff a lot to think about). Well, at one point, Pat dropped this one. “When was the last time you accomplished anything meaningful without some sort of sacrifice.”

In context, Pat was referring to making certain business decisions, but I think It rings true in many forms. When you face adversity in life, I think it is important to remember that, the sacrifice and adversity are what make the experience meaningful.

Your plans are too close to an ideal situation.

I really started thinking about this when I read the book “Thinking Fast and Slow” but Daniel Kahneman. This is a great, thought provoking book. It is not an easy read, because there is a lot of information to digest, but it is well worth the effort. I won’t get into too much of the book here, I wouldn’t be able to do it justice so quickly. But there was one thought that has stuck with me for a while. Kahneman talks about how a lot of businesses and business plans fail because the initial plans are too close to an ideal situation and there is no room factored in for adversity or set backs.

Anyone who has ever undertaken a home renovation project or a building project knows that there will always be set backs. The holes never quite line up right the first few times. The screws are too small to do the job. The initial measurements were off. If you don’t allow time for fixing these miscues, you end up in even deeper water.

There is a pretty strong carry over here to training. You may have a great plan set up, but is it too close to an ideal situation? Will your athletes always be there the same days, get enough rest, enough calories, give their full effort, do all the recovery work they should be doing?

I have been relating to our own business as well. When we are getting organized for each upcoming season, and we are scheduling teams, schools, individuals. It can be difficult at times to foresee the pitfalls that may lay in our way. While we want to plan for smooth sailing, we don’t control the seas.


Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen.

Nothing more needs to be said. If something in your life needs to be done. Get off your ass and do it. You want to run a successful business but you are sitting back waiting for clients to roll in. go get the clients. Find them. You want to get strong and fit but not willing to put the time and effort in? I don’t know what else to tell you. There is no magic pill or wand. That’s the beauty of physical training, it’s on you to make it happen. Sitting around on your ass is only going to lead to tight hip flexors.

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