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Created by Gary Lavery on April 20th, 2016.
I FIRST met my friend, William Strong, around 10 years ago at an Ultra Distance Running event in Brighton. I was part of a six person running team with friends and he was running the entire race by himself. All of 100 miles!
The run was 'unsupported' meaning you had to bring your own essentials. Our team kind of over did things a little here because we had a tent, with enough food and drink to last us a week. All William had was a folded chair, two bottles of water and a large bag of crackers. Upon seeing this, I thought to myself "who is this guy, never seen anything like this before in all my life, is he serious?"
During the race, I kept an eye on William. He must have weighed about 230 pounds, which was quite large for an ultra distance runner. It wasn't until after the race, when I found out that at around 70 miles, he had broken all the small bones in both of his feet and was starting to suffer from previous kidney damage, but he still managed to finished the race.
For me, his achievement was a great example of making the seemingly impossible, possible. He was prepared to put his life on the edge just to cross THAT finishing line.
Created by Gary Lavery on April 4th, 2016.
DURING the International NLP Trainers Training of 2014 in Thailand, my whole mindset was focus around being proactive with any downtime I had, getting out of my comfort zone and learning from the local people. This was a perfect opportunity for me to create some metaphors for when delivering group NLP trainings and private NLP coaching sessions.
On my first day, whilst travelling to the Hyatt Recency from Bangkok Airport, I noticed a large colourful sign saying 'Sitjaopho Muay Thai Gym' which was situated about 2 miles up the road from where I was staying in Hua Hin.
One evening, I decided to visit the gym and after a few minutes of watching, I was really impressed at the amount of sheer determination, true gift and outstanding effort that each fighter was putting into his own personal performance. A WOW moment if ever there was one!
Maybe the fighters really believe what the gym believes "Pain is Temporary, Pride is Forever". Alongside a passion for why they do what they do, perhaps this belief was the power behind what I was seeing in front of my eyes OR was it something else.
Created by Gary Lavery on March 31st, 2016.
PERHAPS you have seen this image somewhere before or maybe not. I'm sure you will agree from the start that specific words and phrases can have different meaning to different people.
Located inside the Sunderland AFC home dressing room is this picture, which was installed by Roy Keane during his tenure as club manager. Throughout his football career, Keane hated losing and mental toughness was a huge part of what he was about. He was once quoted saying, "A game of football can be won or lost in the mind, even before a ball is kicked."
And this inspirational image is not just about football or sport or even business, its about you, me and everyday general life. A human fact, is that we can change our state of mind momentarily, based upon how we are thinking specifically and where we align our focus.