What are the specific traits that endurance champions share? I will examine these traits below with coaching instructions on how you can take action to apply them in your own life.
Trait #1: Commit to Big Goals
Endurance champions don’t just talk about their goals. They set challenging goals and go after them with courage and determination. Self-sacrifice and self-discipline are more than words to the champion. They are a way of life. Endurance champions overcome laziness and procrastination by setting meaningful and challenging goals.
Endurance champions generally assess their goals differently from the crowd by asking questions like, “How bad do I really want this goal?” “Is the goal worth the price I’ll have to pay physically, emotionally, and spiritually?” “Is this goal in alignment with my deepest values?”
If the answers to these questions are yes, endurance champions close off all distractions and find a way to win.
The best don’t give 50% to their goals. They don’t give 75%. They give 100%.
How much time and effort are you giving to your most important goals?
Trait #2: Don’t Buy Into Instant Success Thinking
Instant success is part of fantasy-land promoted by charlatans who make their living by promising much and delivering little. Endurance champions do the daily work required to reach the finish line.
Endurance champions also accept that reaching a goal is 20% perspiration and 80% determination. Endurance champions don’t waste time looking for instant success strategies like the masses. They lace up their shoes each day and get out that door whether they feel like it or not. Endurance champions are generally people who work harder, try harder, and refuse to quit.
Are you taking the path of least resistance to reach your endurance goals? Do you need to eliminate instant success thinking from your life?
Trait #3: Work With A World Class Coach
The most effective road to success is to find someone who has already mastered what you want to accomplish. Therefore, endurance champions select a coach who has actually lived what they teach, preach, and coach.
The coach of an endurance champion doesn’t just live in theory land. The coach lives in champion land. He or she has been there, done that, and now wants to help others do the same.
The best coaches understand the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat because they’ve experienced both emotions. They pass on what they know to help their students stay poised in the face of adversity, and to celebrate in times of victory.
I’ve never met an endurance champion who didn’t have a great coach.
Have you found a world class coach or mentor to help you reach the next level?
Trait #4: Pace Themselves To Victory
Many people give up on their dreams a few steps from the finish line. Endurance champions don’t. They pace themselves to win the race.
Endurance champions know that the fastest runner does not always win the race. They’ve learned that running smart and steady usually wins the race.
Endurance champions use their energy wisely. Their smart “even” pacing brings them to the finish line in record time ahead of the pack. Endurance champions pass other people near the finish line because they run hard and smart.
Are you pacing yourself effectively in your most important goals and races?
Trait #5: Pick Themselves Up When They Fall
John Maxwell wrote a book several years ago called Failing Forward. The basic message of the book is to treat your mistake as true learning experiences and to get back into the race as soon as possible.
I loved reading Maxwell’s book because of its emphasis on grace and accountability. Maxwell brings a nice balance between forgiving ourselves and finding ways to improve performance in the future.
I also love the title of the book. Failing Forward means getting back on that horse again, no matter how many times you’ve fallen.
Endurance champions “fail forward” quickly and get back into the race. The champion knows there’s no time for a pity party. Hesitation has no place in the Champion’s mindset. Endurance champions get back into the race with courage and determination.
Is it time for you to “fail forward” and get back into the race?
Trait #6: Harness Worry and Fear To Their Advantage
Worry is interest paid on trouble before it’s due. It’s a waste of time and the enemy of hope.
Endurance champions learn to harness fear by developing a strong backbone – not a wishbone. They don’t “wish” for success, they work at success despite their fears.
Endurance champions stay mentally and spiritually strong in the face of adversity in difficult and painful circumstances. They replace worry and fear with faith and determination. Faith cancels out fear. Endurance champions run their race to win regardless of the obstacles that stand in their way.
Are you pushing through your fears in the pursuit of your goals?
Trait #7: Go the Extra Mile
Endurance champions consistently run the extra mile. Those few extra steps each day separate champions from the rest of the pack.
Endurance champions are willing to do the little things that the masses are unwilling to do. They complete their daily workouts in all kinds of weather conditions. They run when they don’t “feel” like running. Endurance champions understand that short term pain produces long term gain.
Endurance champions forgo a few pleasures today for greater rewards tomorrow. They train consistently to win the race regardless of the circumstances. Going the extra mile each day keeps champions out of the maze of mediocrity.
What extra steps do you need to take today to improve your chances in your next race?
Crossing the Finish Line
In summary, the traits of all endurance champions are remarkably similar.
All champions focus on smart goal setting, long term thinking, great coaching, good pacing, picking yourself up when you fall, conquering worry, and going the extra mile.
There are no shortcuts to success. Self-sacrifice and self-discipline are more than words to endurance champions. They’re a way of life.
So keep on, keeping on. Run your race to win, and I’ll see you at the finish line!
— Coach Weber
Copyright 2018 Larry Weber