As I stepped out barefoot for my run, my neighbour was awestruck.
Barefoot! He looked at my feet and exclaimed. Aren’t you afraid of being hurt?
Ah! It’s just in the mind, I said and sped away.
It’s all in the mind – I hadn’t planned saying that. Those words had come from nowhere. As I continued to run, I kept thinking of what I had said. And I realised what a powerful thought it was!
As kids we have been taught – winning is everything. First in the class, winning a race, outdoing your peers in studies, sports or extra-curricular activities! Be number one. Win.
If you thought peak performance is only about winning – think again.
Tony Robbins defines peak performance as a mindset and a lifestyle. To understand how to reach peak performance means to embrace healthy habits along with right mindset – a mindset that guides our choices, decisions and actions every single day!
I do boast of catalyzing peak performance for people. But I wasn’t born a peak performer. I always have been an ordinary person – who challenged himself, failed, learned from the mistakes, pulled himself up, committed to his betterment, and kept repeating these steps repeatedly.
When I decided to do the Navrun for the first time, I wasn’t sure if I could do 9 km for all 9 days. I challenged myself. I ran well on the first day. On the 2nd day after running for about 2 km, I couldn’t run. I slowed down. Walked for half the distance. But I completed the Navrun.
The next year it got better.
The year after that I thought of running barefoot. I did.
A year later I decided to fast for all 9 days. I ate one meal through the day. It was tough. But I pulled it through.
Later, the next year the fasting was only fruits.
Fast forward this year, I have decided to go on a water fast for all 9 days.
It might sound tough. But I am confident I will do it.
It’s all in the mind! All you need to do is to commit to challenge yourself, test yourself and better yourself.
When I train people on innovation, I give them a mantra for being great innovators – Test Fast, Fail Fast & Adjust Fast.
And I strongly believe that not just for innovation, we should implement this mantra in all walks of life.
So commit to your betterment. That will make you a peak performer.
And that reminds me – have you committed to doing the Navrun yet?
If you haven’t because you are thinking you won’t be able to do it – remember it’s all in the mind.
The day isn’t over yet. You can still register for the Navrun challenge at www.amitchilka.com/navrun.
Once you have registered, do let me know in the comments below.
Looking forward to welcome you to the challenge!