“Be willing to be uncomfortable. Be comfortable being uncomfortable. It may get tough, but it’s a small price to pay for living a dream.”

Today’s message is especially dedicated to the great Sarah McLoughlin.

Anyone can perform well when they are feeling good.

But the true winners perform well, even if they are not on top of their game; when things get uncomfortable.

The problem is, when things get tough, people give up. They run away. The great ones stick with it. They actually enjoy it more.

You can’t avoid challenges, but you can decide how you react to them (right, Serena?).

Watch the video below (thanks to Sarah McLoughlin for sharing this) to see what tough people do….

Thanks for reading.


“Fall down seven times, get up eight.”
-Japanese proverb

Life brings you challenges. I experienced a big one this week, but I got through it.

I really like the quote above. It doesn’t matter how many times you fall, or fail. It doesn’t matter how many challenges you face. All that matters is that you get up one more time.

When baby giraffes are born, they sometimes fall ten feet to the ground. If that isn’t tough enough, as the baby giraffe learns to stand, the mother kicks it off its feet. Then, something amazing happens…

As the baby giraffe gets up, she kicks it off its feet again!

Now this may seem cruel, but there’s a reason for it. Baby giraffes in the wild need to get up quickly and stay with the herd, to stay away from predators. It’s a matter of life and death.

In your life you may get kicked down, by certain events, opponents, other people or your own negative thoughts. But this is normal. And it’s not a matter of life and death. Be like that baby giraffe and get back up. Then, after a while, you will be ready to take on anything that comes your way. It’s all in your perspective and reactions. Just be glad you’re not facing lions, hyenas or leopards.

And as a coach, you shouldn’t kick your students, but if you incorporate challenges into your practice sessions, your athletes will perform better in competition. They will be tougher. But make sure they know your philosophy and you use positive reinforcement. Militaristic coaching is a thing of the past.

Now go out and be a giraffe today…

Thanks for reading.