How to be great at…

March 24, 2014

Sunrise-RunnerThis week I had the pleasure of working with a new client in Wellington, New Zeland.  In the evening I was running along Wellington harbor when in the distance I saw what looked like a strange sight.  Two runners were running side by side, holding what looked like a tambourine between them.

When they came close I realised one of them was blind and the tambourine allowed her friend to run with her and guide her.  It was both moving and inspiring.  I immediately started thinking about where in life do we need a guide, and the metaphorical equivalent of a tambourine.  Don’t immediately go to your weaknesses, but think of stuff you are already good at.  What sort of help do you need to help you become great?  As my mentor Matt Church says ‘Good is the enemy of great’.

For me this year my challenge is with running.  I’m not happy anymore just being an OK runner and running distances that I can do comfortably.  So I have got a personal trainer, (my guide and tambourine) and have set myself the goal of running the Melbourne Marathon.  What about you?  What are you already good at, that if you got the right mentoring, help or coaching you could become great at?  I would love to hear your thoughts.

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