This is a post I wrote back in 2008 on my former blog Reach Your Peak. It explains why New Year’s resolutions generally don’t work and examines the best ways to achieve success by retraining the brain and overcoming the doubts and fears that plague us. My New Year’s profile “How Big is Your Why?” references some of the concepts I wrote about here, so I am resurrecting it from the archives.
(Reposted from last year.) In this profile, you will dare your riders to recommit to their goals using very powerful songs, each one a perfect compliment to your message. You can bring out this powerful motivating ride anytime you want you riders to commit to doing more of what they want and need. Use this profile in its entirety, or just pick out a couple of songs and the associated cueing and throw them into other profiles that need a motivational boost.
Fear can be a powerful motivator, especially in the short term. In fitness, this manifests itself as working out because of a doctor’s warning, or fear of gaining weight. In the long term, we are always better when we can live our lives—and pursue a fit lifestyle—in love. There are steps cycling coaches can take to help riders make the transition, thus improving their chances of a lifetime commitment to fitness.
Carol, an ICA member and instructor in Illinois, shares a wonderful story about her favorite rider, Jules, who just turned 93. She threw a party in her class to celebrate, and she shares her special playlist with you here. After every class Jules tell her, “You keep me vertical!” We all should have our very own Jules in our classes!
Last year’s New Year’s playlist has been updated with new empowering songs of all genres, including quite a few pop and hip-hop songs that your younger audience will enjoy. These songs are based on the themes of change, personal growth, being unstoppable, self-confidence, and setting goals.
Some instructors motivate their students to reach the top of that hill because of the way it will make them feel, for the confidence it will build in them, for the realization that if they can do that, they can do anything they set their minds to. Others yell at riders to push to the top of the mountain so they can fit into a certain dress for the summer, or because they’ll look good when they go out at night. Which one are you?
Last year’s New Year’s playlist has been updated with 52 new empowering songs of all genres, including quite a few pop and hip-hop songs that your younger audience will enjoy. These songs are based on the themes of change, personal growth, being unstoppable, self-confidence, and setting goals.
One of my favorite visualizations for endurance rides for fifteen years now has been the image of a cheetah running in slow motion. I’d have my students close their eyes and watch the cheetah in their mind’s eye and then seek to be catlike in their own motion. Well…you won’t believe the stunning video that I discovered!