From Episode 59
“When a person trains once, nothing happens. When a person forces himself to do a thing a hundred or a thousand times then he certainly develops in ways more than physical…Will power becomes no longer a problem.”
– Emil Zatopek
Emil Zatopek is the only person in the history of the Olympics and distance running to win the gold in the 5000m, 10000m, and Marathon in the same Olympic Games! Here is a man who understands the value of training, going through the pain, day in and day out, to become the greatest distance runner in the history of the sport. He was disciplined with a training program that was legendary. As a runner, his quote definitely resonates deeply with me, but it applies to more than just running.
It applies to all areas of life.
Emil is talking about the importance of reprogramming your mind by repetition. How often have you identified an area of your life that needed to change and after you had made a change for one day, you thought at the end of the day that it was easy? How long after that day did it take for you to go back to your old ways? Maybe one or two weeks? Why? It’s because permanent change doesn’t happen after a day, or even a week.
Daily repetition of the change you desire must involve a deep desire for the change first. Lasting change doesn’t happen without the emotions. If you don’t really want to change, you won’t. In order to change, go all in! Tap into the reason why you want the change. Once you have a reason for the change, then you must execute the change daily.
Daily “reps” lead to muscle memory, not just physically but mentally. Your “reps” reprogram your mind. For instance, I remember leading my Air Force unit physical fitness program and how my unit groaned every time we had to run, but after 6 weeks, they began to look forward to running. Their minds and bodies were conditioned to running.
Another reason we fail to make lasting change is because we fail to follow a plan or program designed to make us better. When was the last time you took all the medications the doctor told you to take until all the medicine was gone, even if the symptoms were better? What about the personal growth program you bought during that free webinar? How about the gym membership and yoga fitness programmed you joined? We often buy or build these programs but fail to execute the plan. Maybe it goes back to why you want to make the change in the first place. One of the key reasons for success in executing change is having and following a plan. My Air Force unit followed the plan I laid out for them for 6 months. The results were that 90 people passed their physical fitness test with averaged improvement in their run times by 90 seconds in a 1.5 mile run.
Finally, the huge reason we fail to remap our minds and muscle memory is because we lack accountability. Having a buddy to work out with you or a coach to meet with weekly can be difference between success and failure. I know if my Air Force unit relied solely on individual workouts, they would not have achieved the level of success they reached. Having an accountability system in place helps keep you from slacking off and going back to your comfort zone.
What change do you need to make?
Who do you need to add to your accountability team?
What plan do you have that you are not following?
How can I serve you as a coach to help you make this change?