Recently, our weekly Rock Report video relayed the story of Colby, a very successful high school distance runner who set some very high goals. You can check it out here: Rock Report
After publishing that Rock Report, I got the following email from Colby’s Dad, someone who had attended one of my workshops, years earlier.
After listening to your talk many moons ago, I took the information home and instructed Aubrey and Colby how to include it into the pursuit of their goals. I think some people have the ability to utilize certain info better than others but we obviously hit upon something that was a powerful catalyst for their eventual success.
I don’t thank you often enough for your role in the success they both achieved on the track. Your advice was instrumental in them achieving their goals.
For Colby’s senior outdoor track season, his goal became more time oriented, rather than record oriented. He wanted to run 4:08.00. So he wrote down 4:08 in black magic marker on a big piece of athletic tape. He stuck it on the dashboard of his car. Every time he drove that car, you couldn’t help but see it. He drove it to school every day. He also posted the goal all around the house. Then as you said, the week after he won the Ohio outdoor State mile championship, he travelled to NYC to run the Jim Ryun Dream Mile in NYC against America’s top milers. The top 12 milers in America were invited to participate. Jim Ryun was the starter!
When the time flashed on the huge scoreboard at the Randall Island Stadium, I could not believe my eyes. He had run 4:07.9. As with the indoor season, it looked as if he was going to run out of opportunities to accomplish this goal. But in the end he wasn’t going to be denied. It surely wasn’t coincidence. His success was attributable to talent, hard work and without a doubt employing the concepts and techniques he learned about from you.
He was also aware of how successful his older sister, Aubrey, was utilizing your techniques. That was a powerful motivator for him seeing how it worked like magic for her.
Running for the University of Oregon was his goal since junior high. He was not aware, however how fast you really needed to be to be recruited by the Ducks. By the end of his Junior year, he was fast but not even close to the Oregon standard. He has a naive confidence that worked well in this situation because he wasn’t concerned. He did know what it was going to take. 1) He would need to not only qualify for indoor nationals in the mile, but he would need to make All-American (top 6 in USA). 2) He would need to run under 4:10 indoors (hence, he needed to break the All-Time Ohio record to do that). A Tall Order but he wrote it all down, posted it everywhere, wrote it on every page in his school assignment book as he considered these his most important assignments!
Amazingly, he then did make All-American by placing 3rd at the Indoor National Meet. That earned him All-American. He ran under 4:10 and broke the All-Time indoor record a week later. He caught Oregon’s eye and they began the recruiting process. Outdoors he almost won the National Mile Title (lost by a second), earning All-American again and then coupled with the 4:07.9 in NYC and an All-American USATF Jr National 1500 finish in Des Moines, was offered a scholarship to run for his dream school.
All those things I just listed were on signs all around our house. But the cool thing is that a year before this all happened, those goals that were posted in cars, on refrigerators, on bathroom sink mirrors and all around the house were initially such stretch goals that many people upon seeing them, believed them to be unrealistic.
Thanks for being such an integral part in our children’s success.
Please do as Colby did: Visualize your goals, Write them down, and keep them visible. You will achieve unimaginable results! Next time we will examine the tremendous results achieved by big sister, Aubrey, by utilizing these same techniques.