TO BE or TO DO by John Boyd (military strategist and architect of the OODA loop)

“Young lady/men, one day you will come to a fork in the road, and you’re going to have to make a decision about which direction you want to go. If you go that way you can BE somebody. You will have to make compromises and you will have to turn your back on your friends. But you will be a member of the club and you will get promoted and you will get assignments. OR, you can go that way and you can DO something – something for your country, your team and for yourself. If you decide you want to DO something, you may not get promoted and you may not get the good assignments and you certainly will not be a favorite of your superiors. But you won’t have to compromise yourself. You will be true to yourself and friends. And your work might make a difference. To BE somebody or to DO something. Life is often a roll call. That’s when you will have to make a decision.”

As the late Mr. Rogers said “The important thing is to find something you feel good about doing.”

Phil Mahre – 3 Over all World Cup titles and Olympic Gold in Slalom

“One can always learn from others. The Champion’s mind holds a wealth of insight, as to how you can become a winner in your everyday life.”

“ The most vital aspect of winning is mental attitude.”

“Visualization was really the key” explaining the reasons for his dramatic improvements from one season to the next.

Ingmar Steinmark  – 86 World Cup Wins and Multiple Medals

“I do not know anything about luck, but the harder I train the luckier I get.”

“To win, I have to get angry. My anger is directed at the course, attacking it and beating it.”

“I m still aiming for my goal in skiing-to make a perfect race.”

My Race Day Commitment

  • Free myself to compete up to capacity.
  • Focus on the sense of possibilities. No Risk – No Gain.

I have influence and own the following:

  • My equipment, ski prep and wax choice are ready for competition.
  • Ensuring proper nutrition/drink – what and when.
  • Properly wake up the body and mind.
  • Be really warmed up and ready when entering into start gate.
  • Have a game plan/task/tactics.
  • Collect and process course information for good tactics.
  • My recovery time is well planned with enough rest.
  • Control emotions by controlled breath and heart rate.
  • Be confident in my preparation for competition.
  • Right attitude, spirituality and effort.
  • Let go of forcing things.
  • Let go of thoughts about outcomes and history.
  • Connect only to doing. Focus on doing the doing
  • Being the being, being all here, being completely present.
  • Task over ego.
  • Be fully connected and become your performance by being inseparable from what you are doing.
  • Ski race for the love of ski racing, free of judgment – pressure, and fear of failure.
  • Be a child and ski with joy, fun, excitement, and passion.

The Daily Process Towards Excellence

  • Enjoy the process. Love every aspect of the preparation and competition.
  • Welcome new challenges every day.
  • Set goals and have purpose to make each day your master piece.
  • Focus on process, not outcomes. Process can be controlled.
  • Strengthen and condition body fully and functionally.
  • Properly fuel body. Stay hydrated and eat healthy.
  • Recovery and rest is a vital part of training and performance.
  • Strong work ethic. 
  • Meditate and visualize to help accelerate learning process. Begin by breathing techniques to clear and quiet the mind.
  • Learn to look and learn within.
  • Failures and frustrations are lessons from which to learn and empower.
  • Embrace and accept setbacks – this builds grit and mental toughness.
  • Diligent mental practice to remain focused.
  • Being prepared leads to less concerns and can focus on task with ease.
  • Have the willingness to enter the zone of discomfort to become better. The ability to face adversity, sacrifice & suffering opens you to spiritual growth.
  • Gain knowledge and master skills.
  • Control ego and vast emotional power.
  • Act, not react. Put an end to procrastination. DO IT NOW!
  • Take time to help the team. (Team mates, coaches, parents).
  • Take time to read a good book of wisdom.
  • Attitude of gratitude. Count your blessings rather than entitlement.
  • Be true to your-self.
  • Commit to being a good person.
  • Daily log of date/time, components of workout/competition, mental feelings and physical feelings during workout/competition.
  • Success does come to anyone who is willing to weather the storm. Those who truly desire it and are willing to do all that it takes to achieve the highest performance become champions.

Quotes from Paul Tournier – Physician, Psychiatrist, Author of many books about life

“People are always looking for the right time and perfect place to write, to paint, to accomplish some goal.
They say, I have to be in the mountains, I have to be on the coast, everything must be just so.
But if you look at all the great achievements of history, you will see that they largely done in cold, cramped, unpicturesque conditions. Look where all great people and all the great achievements have come from and see that they always seem to come from deprived situations.”

“Sooner or later those who win are those who think they can win”

The message: is Plan, Prepare and Do It Now.
There are two things you can control, your effort and your attitude.