Monday, February 1, 2016

More or Less

by Gordo Byrn

Before offering advice, I like to ask:

Are you willing to change?

Now, at the early stage of a relationship, the answer is always YES!

However, the reality is most people are not able to change and that leaves the advisor with one tool… the manipulation of “more or less.”

The “more or less” lever can be quite effective!

More - Keep striping away non-goal aspects your life so you can crank up the same thing and keep your life together

Less - Prove, then remove, the most obvious aspects of self-sabotage

“More or less” works great and I had tremendous success with “more.” However, it misses a beneficial life lesson from endurance sport:

Creating a capacity to tolerate change without being in a crisis.

How can I do that?

My coaching alumni will remember that we usually start by challenging three aspects of the athlete’s portfolio:

  • Swim - Three-stroke breathing for all but the fastest intervals
  • Bike - Take the spikes out of your endurance training, master the steady-state ride
  • Run - Build mileage via frequent easy running

The above is smart base training but it is also painful because there’s always at least one aspect that conflicts with an athlete’s belief system.

My coaches made me really uncomfortable when they pushed me to change. I can remember thinking that my legs would never recover when Scott Molina suggested that I run every day.

Learning that I could survive change, set the stage for removing core beliefs that were limiting my performance in all areas of my life.

Amateur sport is a fantastic vehicle for health and self-discovery.

Change something this winter.

Remember to keep what works!

Gordo is the founder of Endurance Corner. You can find his personal blog at

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