Pressure Makes Us

I LOVE SOCCER

Womens World Cup is underway and I am so excited. I love soccer. I love watching teams perform at an elite level. I love the skill, intensity and all-out performances by the women who play. I love watching the up and coming players. I love watching teams find their groove, elevating their game to a new level. I love watching the perennial stars do the impossible: Abby Wambach, Marta, Cristiane, Birgit Prinz and Hope Solo (props UW). I love the hope and potential at the outset of every game. Waiting for the shot to be taken, defended, missed and the goal scored. I watch as our beloved teams rise or fall in the quest to win World Cup and be recognized as the best in the world.

And what does this have to do with you? While you, I or many of my clients will never be elite athletes there isn't any reason we can't run, lift, swim, bike, play soccer, softball, hike, ski or do what we love at our full potential. There isn't any reason we can't be out there doing our very best and giving it our all. It feels great to sweat. It feels good to have your muscles ache a little. Most of all - it's empowering knowing that you gave it your all. That your best effort is pooling on the ground beneath you.

Nike's newest commercial for the US Womens Soccer Team is about pressure. How pressure can provide the catalyst to perform at your best or even higher. What does it take to be your best? What kind of pressure do you need to make a commitment? Do you need to do it for your family? Does your doctor need to tell you to get off your bum or you're gonna die? Do you need a life changing event? Or is it less radical - you just need someone to invite you?

How do you push past self-imposed boundaries and get to another level? Keep in mind another level might be going from walking zero stairs at work to walking 3 flights, walking to jogging, jogging to running, a 30 minute swim to 2 miles in an hour. It's going from never working out to working out 3 times per week. It's an individual effort and an individual accomplishment. It's time to dig deep and make that commitment. The day has come when you look in the mirror and say "I can. I will." Put some pressure on yourself. Give yourself goals. Give yourself a timeline. Get it done. Love what you are doing. Love yourself. Pressure makes us.

I can't wait to see you fulfill your potential.