Bouncing Back from Problems

“You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you just might find you get what you need” (Rolling Stones)

Sometimes things just don’t go as planned, even in spite of best intentions.

Take for example my last 10 weeks:

After running the Two Oceans ultra marathon in Cape Town and getting some R&R from safaris in Kruger National Park and Botswana (…highly recommended by the way…), I was ready to hit the ground running on my return to write the next few installments of the Mindset Moment and reconnect with the dozens of clients I coach one-to-one.

However those plans largely, and quickly, evaporated.

In fact, so did many of my plans and much of my training for May.

With a last minute cancellation from someone else I was asked to deliver a flurry of high performance workshops around Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

I was supposed to enjoy a relaxing few weeks in London with running along the Thames River and through Hyde Park but instead found myself visiting 11 countries since the start of May (and taking 25 flights since mid-April).

Despite the performance improvements of my clients, I definitely haven’t been sleeping well enough, training as frequently or eating as nutritiously as I want to. Plus, my lower back pain started to resurface.

As I write this somewhere over the Persian Gulf, I’m thinking of you and how you respond when you don’t get what you want.

We all have disruptions, interruptions and complete disasters in our training: ill-timed injuries, sudden sickness, a simple flat tire or even a loss of a job.

You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you just might find you get what you need.

What Mick Jagger & the Stones were getting at is if we look hard enough – and are open-minded enough – we can always find a valuable lesson in every setback.

This week’s key question: HOW COULD THIS ULTIMATELY SERVE ME?

In every problem there is a gift. A gift intended to give you what you really need. And the bigger the problem (or injury, failure, setback, destructive habit), the bigger the gift (or lesson, message, insight, opportunity).

Your job is to find that gift and use it to your advantage.

If you’ve had a setback in your training, turn your attention from the problem to the lesson. What is this telling me? What do I need to pay more attention to this week or do more work on?

If you’ve suffered from a big disappointment, seek out the empowering message. What can I do to prevent this again? How will I learn and grow from this?

Regarding whatever has been recently getting in your way or weighing on you, ask yourself “How could this ultimately serve me?”

When asked from a place of curiosity, not frustration, this question will force you to take a different perspective, to see beyond the immediate situation and dig deeper for a momentum-creating meaning.

For me, my crazy travel schedule taught me I have to do more work on planning my logistics and  my core strength. I’m glad I got that lesson before things got a lot worse.

Take time this week to get curious on your problems. You owe it to yourself to find the lesson.

P.S. What’s on your mind? What do you need to improve your mindset in racing or training? Let me know in the comments bellow. I’d love to hear from you.

The Mindset Moment is a little reminder, a friendly nudge and a caring kick up the backside to keep you on track to achieve your potential and goals. Just what we all need to jumpstart the week and always be at our best.

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