This post/episode was originally published in June of 2017. The following post/show notes are basically copy/pasted from the orignal post, but the audio is a new take on the subject.
Humans can be a rather dramatic bunch, and we runners are humans so we can be a bit dramatic too.
Has that three-word phrase ever come out of your mouth? Probably.
When you uttered those words, had you really just completed your worst run ever? Doubtful.
Chill the F*ck Out People!
Sorry to drop an F-bomb there, but seriously. Calm down.
I had a couple of coaching clients that I needed to talk off of the ledge the other day.
They were each dealing with some little bumps in the road in their training, but to hear them describe the situation things were dire.
“One step forward, three steps back!”
When I read those words at the beginning of their notes, I was bracing for the worst.
When I got to the end of the messages, I was trying to figure out what the problems were.
Yeah, we had issues to address but the sky was not falling. Not even close.
And it’s the same thing on the other end of the spectrum.
When we have a good day, it’s #bestrunever all over social media.
Was it really? Probably not.
I hate to be that guy that talks in common sense, but if everything in life cannot be the best or the worst thing ever.
It’s just not possible. Think about it…
A Little Perspective is In Order
Look, I’m not saying it’s smooth sailing all of the time.
Life is a constant game of ebbs and flows, and so is running.
We all have our good days and our not so good days, but a truly great run and a truly terrible run are few and far between.
Remember that the next time you have one of “those” days.
- It probably isn’t that bad.
- Calm down.
- Take a deep breath.
- Step back from the ledge.
Thankfully, tomorrow is a new day. A clean slate. A fresh start.
Go out there and make it the #bestdayever!
Sorry, couldn’t resist.
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