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How strong is your WHY?

I do these races to better myself, to acquire new skills, life lessons and test my metal in the toughest of elements. In addition, the shared sense of purpose you encounter with like-minded individuals create an experience that is hard to replicate.   This year as I wrote on Monday, I entered as a team. I now start these races knowing what it takes to finish and am prepared to handle the majority of obstacles that stand in between me and the finish line.  The team element is a new level of difficulty and risk/reward that increases the learning I bring home. Like mentors before me, I enjoy sharing these experiences and paying forward to those who are interested.   Who are some of the characters you meet and why are they there? Three entrepreneurs who ran together 14 years ago in the eco-challenge and are using this as a forum to bond a relationship as they start a new business venture A former top runner and world-class photographer from Korea.  He was there for the …

Characteristics of a 3 time championship team

I was talking to a mentor of mine last week who is the CEO of a local company in Toronto and a top-notch Athlete. He is actually not (self-described) a very good runner, however, he makes up for it in pure athletic ability, strategy, and competitiveness.   I asked him advice for the upcoming race I am doing in Patagonia in November as I will be running for the first time as a team.   He said “you need to discuss your game plan ahead of time. Start with the objective for the team.  Is it to win or compete?  Think about the obstacles you are going to encounter and the spots where emotion will come into play and have a game plan for how to handle those conversations.   If someone is slow, gets sick or injured, know how they react to distress and discuss the best way to handle them.  Two, have your plan B, C, D already talked through when level-headed.  Emotions can make things difficult.   Understand how each person is …

4 Intentions for Growth

I faced some headwind this weekend. Whether the number of training hours catching up with me or a just an off weekend, I hit some obstacles. Sunday Example. 5-hour hike/run Challenges: – Body/mind tired from Saturday 4 hour training – Backpack weight was too heavy to start and couldn’t dump my water weight – My directions were not detailed enough. I was trying to mimic a North Face race course These type of things happen in every race. So instead of stewing on it with negative statements, I asked myself a better question. What’s the upside? – Adaptability is key to finishing these races – Better to make mistakes in practice so you can fix for race day – I’ve got lost on course before. Patience and calm in the storm help you dig out. It was an opportunity to reset and reframe. Now if I step back and look at some overall intentions of a tough training weekend they were: To get set hours and mileage in To problem solve, overcome obstacles and mentally …

5 Ways to Handle A Daunting Road Ahead

Many of us climb the hill every week.   Tough conversations with employees, bosses, customers, and peers.   Tight deadlines on projects, deals, and customer events.   Not to mention personal and family challenges.  How are some of the best leaders seemingly immune to stress?   Most of them are not. They have more practice and a template to handle it!   What do top leaders share with me?   1. Expect it and have a plan.  Visualize your way over and through.   2. Know when to recharge and restore so you can hit it hard the next day.   3. Look back and review what was once hard and how you overcame it?  The past provides clues.   4. Like military men and women making their bunk first thing every morning, get your day started off with even the smallest success.   5. Start the day well and end the day well. End the day with a win to ride the momentum into the next morning. This can be as simple as asking ‘what you are …

Cross-Functional Approach

In talking to both top sales reps, sales, and enablement leaders the last couple weeks, working across the matrix (all pillars in an organization) in one form or another has come up. Who are the people that you need to partner with to get things done? Partnership is one of our top values in enablement. The world is too complex to get most things done alone. Many early in tenure in role try and muscle the sale or program through, instead of quarterbacking the play. I learned the hard way both in sales and in enablement/sales training. It takes a village to onboard a sales rep, to sell a big deal, to accomplish any big hairy audacious goal. Question: Does your calendar align to all those “partners” who will help you get the ball across the line? Your calendar speaks volumes about how you manage your relationships and your time. Have a great hump day! Colin

Push, Push, Push!

Many years ago I volunteered in a race and was fortunate to see the top three finishers come in. Usually, we are far behind and only see them separate from you at the beginning. I asked one of my friends who came in 2nd place that day how he felt at the end of the stage. “Utterly destroyed,” he said. He put his feet up on the tent wall (to reduce swelling), and took in deep breaths as the pain subsided over the next 30 minutes. Sound familiar? We are all pushing against our own limits to a high degree of difficulty if you give it your best shot. This weekend we had a great little group from Salesforce running the Brooklyn Rock & Roll half marathon. Everyone trained really hard, pushed through the pain, grinding up the hills and to the finish line. Each person had a goal in mind, focused on it and beat it by at least 1-2 minutes. It was a high level of effort needed in order makes the goal. …

Rest when you need to rest

I was feeling a little sluggish after my heavy weekend of running. Monday I always take off. Tuesday morning I’m back on. I listen to the body when it signals more rest or to back off. Instead Tuesday I did 20 min of walking incline on the treadmill just to get the blood moving and a small win for the day. I pushed my run to the end of the day and ran home from work. A nice easy pace with my backpack on. A solid sleep and I felt ready to go with my trainer this morning. A strong power workout. Exceeded my expectations. If you push hard daily, slow down and take a rest once in awhile. Recharge. If you rest more than you push, start by pushing harder at least once per week! Listen to your body! Colin

Can you go a little bit further?

I had some big training goals this past weekend. I try and incorporate time with my wife Blake when possible. As she likes to say, “Colin runs far, I only run for the subway.”  However, she is a good little hiker and we got some time in the Rocky Mountains recently, and she likes Soul-Cycle. On Saturday, I went for a two-hour run prior and then walked over to Soul-Cycle to finish out together. Every class gives you a different experience based on the instructor. Like the leader of a team, sometimes you take queues from the one at the front, modeling the way, other times it’s within you. You have small choices to make every day. Can you go just a little bit further, a little bit harder? Or will you let life dictate your direction? Sometimes a leader needs to give you a little nudge and sometimes you need to turn up the dial a couple notches and believe in yourself.

Are You Priming the Pump?

I believe sales is 90% mental, once you go through solid sales training.  What makes the difference between average and great sales professional is all mindset. Are you coachable? Can you overcome adversity? How do you team together to win? In any of these areas, you need to get your day started off right. Like a golfer teeing off on the first hole…if you shank it in the woods, the rest of your round may not be enjoyable. How do you tee it up and smash it down the fairway and set yourself for a day with momentum? Our friend Tony Robbins, has some sage advice in this article. 10 Minutes to More Energy Colin  

Leveraging Adversity

I was back in the home country and in the Rocky Mountains last week! While on a hike I headed up a steep incline in the slippery snow. It took me back to one of my adventures in Iceland in 2013. Trudging through pouring rain and 60 mph winds as we climbed uphill! I developed a few more gears in adversity on that trip! Once you gain those gears (imagine if you had instead of five, a sixth and seventh in your car – for those who drive a standard!) they don’t go away and are there when you need them, even if lying dormant for a little while.  Take the opportunity to put yourself in controlled and challenging situations to develop those levels. Colin