Staying Focused For Better Outcomes

As you may know there are only a few weeks until the American Birkiebeiner, North America’s largest Cross country ski race located in Hayward Wisconsin. This is my 20th year of doing the Birkie and I’ve really been focused on doing the preparation for this years event. It’s a lot of work and sometimes I ask myself why I do it but the rewards of a years training isn’t so much in the race as it is in the discipline of all the training. The racing is always the icing on the cake. I try not to focus just on race results but the training and having fun and being healthier.

In any aspect of our lives if it’s something we really want we will do what ever it takes to get it. For example, if we want a new car or a vacation a priority we will do what it takes and be lasrer focused on doing the steps to make it work. I wish we could all say that for our due diligance with our health. What is your top one or two priorities that you want to focus on?

Staying focused can be challenging because life seems to get in the ways. I know I can get a little negative from time to time but I quickly can snap out of it. An example was this weekend doing badger state games, I went out way to hard and felt terrible and had to slow down and recover, I caught on to the next group of guys and hung with them until I recovered and then went on to feel better and was able to put the hammer down. I know that this can happen and I just had to hang in there and stay focused.

Turning a negative in to a positive can happen with the snap of your fingers in your mind. This weekend I started sprinting with 200 meters to the finish line. I felt great at the finish and was going to celebrate when my buddy Al said “Eddy you’ve got another 7km to go”. I quick shifted my thought of being done to hammering to catch the skier I had been skiing with. This skier was now a good 100meters ahead of me but I quickly caught up and hammered the last 7 km to a great finish after what started out not so hot. I wasn’t the only person that made that mistake. Many skiers stopped at what we thought the finish was. I’ve never done that in a race before.

Our mind plays a huge role in our success and our failures. Take a moment today and switch your train of thought if it’s negative and see what happens.

Kyle Stanley was down 8 strokes going in to the last round of yesterdays PGA tournament and hung in there after a collapse last week and won this week by one. Eli Manning had to drive his team 80 yards in the last 4 minutes to win the Super Bowl. I’m sure he did not have one negative thought on that last drive. Congrats to the Giants, the Packers are going to have to step it up on defense next year if they are going to beat the Giants.

Check out the picture below 39 years ago I was part of the halftime for the Super Bowl. I guess that’s the only common link between Madonna and myself. The Super Bowl back then was the Vikes-Dolphins in 1973 and wasn’t anything near what it is now. Until next time, keep it positive! p.s. Congrats to the new Wild River Fitness. Great new facility to workout at.

Super Bowl Halftime 1973

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