trying something new

Posted on August 16, 2013

Pivotal in change, growth, and success, the concept of trying something new remains our greatest tool as coaches. Perfecting something we are already good at has its place in our pursuits, but trying new challenges provides us our greatest opportunity for drastic growth.  Look at an infant, they double in size in their first year of life, DOUBLE.  That is a “change multiplier” that we never repeat.  BUT, what if we aimed higher than we currently do?  What if we said that a new feat/challenge/opportunity was just that, an opportunity.  What if we flexed change with flexing that which is NEW?  We do this weekly with new restaurants, TV shows, and shops, but we show reservation when the spotlight is on US as individuals.  Read below about how e3 Coach Amy felt after trying something new: her 1st half-marathon.

Motivated. Running 13.1 miles is no small feat, and I didn’t take it lightly. The Georgetown to Idaho Springs was a race that decreased in elevation and was predominantly downhill, but by no means was it all downhill. Not that running at a decline is any easier; it was better than running on a flat surface. The terrain varied from road to trail to gravel to dirt and it kept your body from getting complacent, but it also beat it up more. As I approached the finish line, I was so grateful it was almost over. The last 5 miles were painful and grueling; my knees were screaming, my feet were throbbing and I even contemplated not finishing. But as soon as I crossed the finish line, I felt a sense of accomplishment and success. While I had the opportunity to give up, I chose not to and I chose to finish it as best as I could. Crossing that finish line gave me a sense of determination. Crossing that finish line I was physically defeated, but I was mentally encouraged. I’m motivated after my first half marathon because I don’t want this to be my last, I want it to be simply that: my first.     -Coach Amy

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