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Dependability is a habit

26 August 2018 No Comment


The habit of dependability is built every day of your life. So when you enter a race, you don’t have to “hope for a good result”, your friends and supporters will be able to depend on you always producing a good result.

Race performance largely comes from attitude, mental control and having a clear, calm mind. When you have developed a dependable aura, not only your supporters will be expecting a good result, you’ll just know, that you’ll handle whatever comes up, when it comes up.

No-one ever developed a dependable aura without taking positive steps in that direction. The aura of dependability has to start in your own mind, once it’s developed there it will be noticed by others around you and start to grow. The first step is to take it on as a “life goal”. A good coach can identify dependability in an athlete in a short time, he can’t improve it until the athlete makes the first move.

Before you go to bed at night you have to know what your commitments are for the next morning and set the alarm 10-15min earlier than you need to get ready and get out the door. No-one was ever penalised for being early. If you arrive a few minutes earlier than you need to, do a few stretches, make your toilet stop now instead of later in workout time. That 10-15min each morning can change your life, from one of always running late and being stressed, making excuses, to one of being in control and calm. This is the best investment of time you can make in your life.

Now the instant argument against this idea is “I need that extra 10-15min of sleep”, rubbish, go to bed 10-15min earlier. Being organised is not something that starts when you get up in the morning, it starts before you get into bed.

If your training mates know you’re going to either be there on time, or early, it’s going to rub off on them. They’ll become more dependable by association with you. You will become a leader by action, by not saying anything, you’ll take on the aura of leadership. True leaders rarely ever come late.

Once you have made the commitment to becoming dependable, it becomes easy. Friends and others will take what you say seriously, they’ll expect bigger, better things from you. This will infect your own expectations. If you have done everything you’ve committed to in training, you’ve lived a life where you’ve demonstrated dependability on every level, you are going to expect to be repaid with results on race day.

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