Tuesday, September 18, 2012
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LawBiz® TIPS – Week of September 18, 2012
If you want to succeed at a new adventure, announce it to the public. I achieved my most recent cycling goal. More below.
Ed, enroute to climbing Mt Figueroa, nicknamed "The Stinger"
Thanks for your good wishes and support.
The Value of Coaching
As some of you may know, I've had the pleasure of riding my bike under the tutelage of the Chris Carmichael training program. Chris started his coaching business in 2000, after reaching a high degree of success with both the U.S. program and with his star pupil, Lance Armstrong.
Perseverance is Key
I've been working with the program since 2002, being coached by several different coaches over the years. Ten years ago, I was successful in climbing a very tough mountain in the Santa Ynez Valley (California) area. Mount Figueroa is the same mountain used for training purposes by several of the professional teams, including the teams with Lance Armstrong. Because of my success that year, I was encouraged to ride the Tour de France route ... And among other climbs that year in France, I climbed Alp d'Huez on July 23, 2002.
Set Goals and Get Encouragement
This year, I decided to attempt the climb again (Mt. Fig is nick-named "The Stinger" by Chris), 10 years later. A CTS (Carmichael) coach accompanied me and together we started the climb. The coach told me about the course layout, where it was the steepest and how to approach each area of the climb as we progressed upward. He told me what my maximum power (watts) output should be in order to continue the extended climb without burning myself up. He encouraged me as I went forward, telling me that I still had strength left in my legs despite my own doubts. He told me the truth, but in a way I could understand and internalize the information. Just the facts, but with an encouraging and supportive voice that overcame my own doubts. We are our own worst critics and also rarely see the full truth of our own situation.
Find a Supportive and Truthful Coach
That's the value of the coaching process. I believe in this process. Not only do I enjoy the coaching program of Chris Carmichael, but I also engage a coach for my own business of coaching. I enjoy working with lawyers, my clients, and seek to provide them with the same support I received today.
Announce Your Plans Publicly. Then Achieve Them
If you want to succeed at a new adventure, announce it to the public ... as I did by telling y'all my intent some time ago ... Today was my "trial date," and I'm pleased to tell you that I succeeded. I traveled 45 miles and climbed 5500 feet elevation, sometimes at a 16/17% pitch. I didn't get any points for style, as I had to stop multiple times on the mountain to catch my breath. But, I do receive a "10" for persistence and reaching my goal of making it to the top. Thanks for your good wishes and support.
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