Last week I went to Breckenridge with some friends to go snowboarding. I have noticed each year all of us have gotten better and better. Haha, I still have trouble on the t-bar lift and an occasional embarrassing slip here and there, but I am accepting my improvements and working on my faults : ).
This was our 4th year going. The first year I was gracefully falling down the green and occasional blue slopes. This year it was blues and black diamonds and it felt amazing but it truthfully took a lot of self-talking and a bit of peer-pressure to get me to enjoy the black diamonds.
On the Breckenridge trip, I found myself hesitant and undecided a lot (especially on the first day) as I prepared myself to take the plunge down the mountain slope. Everytime I was unsure about something on the slopes, I hesitated, lost focus, and took an amazing wipe-out. It wasn't until the 2nd day of the trip when I caught myself hesitating and holding back from what I can really accomplish. From that point, I remembered this one speech I gave an athlete that I trained right before he went to play college football.
"When you enter the studio, expect 100% from me and I expect 100% from you. Every rep is an opportunity to get better. I don't believe that you have to give a 110% effort (I don't know what it is). I believe that whatever your 100% is, GIVE IT! 100% focus means being receptive to coaching and paying attention to detail (so correcting your form when it lacks and concentrating on the matter at task). 100% effort is all about keeping the tempo and energy up (always eager to finish a challenge and start another). With that said, I am not a drill sergeant beating you down but a motivator to encourage you to commit to your next challenge. 100% focus and 100% effort is what makes you."
Let me tell you, that speech I gave to that athlete a few years ago, totally came into play the 2nd day on my snowboarding trip. I got rid of all hesitation, I gave my 100% effort, and I totally rocked the black diamonds with confidence for the first time!
FOCUS & EFFORT
Whatever your 100% is, GIVE IT!
This is what "MAKES YOU".
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