Never Say Never…

The paper had a very powerful quote from none other than Michael Jordan that delineates a champion mindset from all others.

“One day you might look up and see me playing a game at 50. Don’t laugh. Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.”

Indeed so many runners and people in general look at all the reasons of how they cannot do something. They look at others and bemoan how “easy” it is for those others to run (or be successful in business for that matter). They see everything as barriers and obstacles to their success or improvement; or they see everyone else as the people who “get all the breaks” or are “luckier” than themselves.

A powerful difference lies in how each of us view the very same set of objective criteria. Yet, it is not the objective thing that stands in our way – most often it is how we think of that objective thing that beats us down.

Facts are facts; objective data is objective data; but it is our own unique view that provides the illusion. It is the illusion we set up that:
Everything somehow falls into place for others but not us.
Everyone else is a more “natural” runner.
Everyone else has the luxury of additional time to get workouts in.
Everyone else has life circumstances somehow more conducive to optimizing their running.

Time to get over it… (G-O-I …as I tell my clients) and get with it; take a lesson from MJ; …never say never.. your limits and your fears are only illusions!


About Dean Hebert

I’m a mental game coach, author and speaker. I work with individual athletes, parents, coaches, and teams on sports performance enhancement. Beyond my academic post-graduate work in sports psychology - the psychology behind athlete performance – I am a certified Mental Games Coaching Professional (MGCP) and certified hypnotherapist. I’ve authored several books and hundreds of articles. “Coach, I didn’t run because…” (2008) is a seriously light-hearted look at making excuses not to workout and how to overcome them. “Focus for Fitness” (2009) and “Screw the Goals Give me the Donut” (2010) are two of my eBooks on mental game approaches for the everyday athlete. I wrote these because I believe that everyone can benefit from the powerful mental techniques that the world’s best athletes use. I have been cited in Runners World, Best Health magazine (CN), SWEAT Magazine, and the Washington Examiner amongst many other publications. I have been a featured mental games coach in Runner’s World and for the internationally acclaimed trail running resource - I also regularly appear on sports and fitness talk shows such as LTKFitness, Runnersroundtable and for more than three years I have co-hosted a weekly video series with Coach Joe English for I specialize in mental toughness training. My clients include tennis, synchronized swimming, golf, race-kart, soccer, motocross, volleyball, MMA, cycling (road, off-road, time-trialist), running, duathlon and triathlon, basketball, football and baseball athletes. I have coached world-class athletes and athletes internationally. I have a passion for working with youth athletes and helping them apply mental game skills and techniques to all areas of life. Most importantly, my aim is to have people enjoy sports and life to their fullest through peak performances.
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