Eating the elephant…

Hello again, Arguably, elite athletes do something right since they perform at levels of which mere mortals can only dream of. Yes, great but what does that have to do with me in the here and now, Maik? Excellent question, glad you asked! I want to focus not so much on the outcome but on the path these people took to get to such an outstanding performance level. To be fair, no matter what I do, I’ll never swim as fast as Michael Phelps or get as huge as Arnold (sad).BUT, maybe there are some lessons to be learned that would help me to improve a bit.

Essentially winning the Olympics is no different that eating an elephant…it’s just one bite/rep at a time. A task like this has to be broken down into bite sized chunks (pun intended). The same goes for building a business, but since this is a fitness newsletter, I shall stick to what I kind of know.

Here are my top 5 ways to eat the elephant…

1. Do the small things right; such as not eating strange foods before the big race, wash your hands so as not to get sick etc.

2.  Do the big things right; eat your meals, workout, get your sleep, do not watch Dr. OZ…Oh what, that was last week…well, it still applies!

3.  Do something to improve every day. This could be a new challenge or changing one damaging behavior at a time such as dropping soda, or switching to pop chips from regular chips…hmmm chips!

4.  Never stop learning (my book comes to mind) or read up on guys like Lyle McDonald, Alan Aragon, Brad Schoenfeld…

5. Surround yourself with quality people that are either motivating, or will educate you so that you can achieve your goals (ideally both).

In other news, my friend Zac killed it at the NYC marathon with a time of 3:48 during very rough conditions. I would still urge you to help his fund raising efforts, he did battle 42 km in the cold! http://runwell.donorpages.com/TCSNYCMARATHON/ZacClark.

Until next time…

Maik

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