Sunday, July 10, 2005

My own imaginary mascot

I love the Hank commercial for Starbucks doubleshot which is being broadcast on OLN during the Tour de France. HERE is a link where you can see it yourself - it's hard to find much about this on the Internet. The real name for the commercial is "Bleachers".

I thought about it during my 5K yesterday. I love the concept of taking along a personal internal cheering section wherever you go. I think I should have my own personal mascot cheering for me from the sidelines! I guess it will have to be imaginary, but as long as it does the trick....

I see a lot of blogs and race reports that have a lot of negativity in them about people's own training and performances. "I'm slow.... my times are awful.... I did terrible...." etc. When it's coming from people that are racing in the middle or front of the pack, I sometimes wonder if they have a seriously damaged self-image, if they're disconnected from reality and really don't believe how well they're doing, or if they're just fishing for compliments. When it comes from people in the back of the pack like me, I wonder why they can't be proud of their own striving and accomplishments. I can almost hear Dr. Phil asking, "What are you getting out of it?"

Yesterday outside an elementary school I saw a sign that I loved: "NO PUT DOWN ZONE". Some of us need to keep that sign posted inside our own heads. Negative self-talk is defeatist and self-flagellation and guilt do little to enhance performance until it's turned around into positive energy.

Why not be positive? It's a deliberate choice that each one of us makes. It sure beats the alternative!

9 comments:

Flo said...

Aloha,
I recently started reading your blog and it's quickly become one of my favorites. I'm a 46 yo who has also recently begun triathlons (only I don't have any kids :). I'm preparing for my 2nd one and have set my sights on a 1/2 ironman (but not for a year or so). Anyway, this post is so true. I generally race at the back of the pack but think back to when I was 225 lbs and am so proud of myself I can't hold it in. Anyone who runs or races in any way should be so proud of themselves. Just think of all the people who can't......

Florence

Keryn said...

Nancy, you hit the nail on the head with this one. My husband and I were having a conversation the other day about how hard it is to pass up all the office treats that get passed around my office (I work for a food company...). He said I always use negative terms when I describe my willpower. He tells me I need to work more on being positive self-talk. This post is well timed and hit home in a big way. Thank you!

Chris said...

Guilty as charged. I think it's often easier to see the negative than the positive. People have sadly come to expect the positive and only feel it's necessary to comment on the negative.

I'm my own worst critic, but I'll try and remember your sign the next time I'm feeling particularly harsh on myself. Thanks.

Vertical Man said...

You are so right. Thanks for the kick in the ass!

runr53 said...

One of my favorite places to check on the web daily is positve news dot net, I get a daily email from them too, way to go Nancy on your reminder to us all!

nancytoby said...

Thanks so much runr53 for the link! I hadn't seen that - here's the blog address:
http://mrpositive.blogspot.com/

Flatman said...

I love that commercial! Thanks for sharing and you are right. We are too hard on ourselves!

mipper said...

you are so right nancy! i attend weigth watchers meeting and one of the tools they use is positive self-talk. you can will yourself into almost anything... good or bad. thanks for turning everyone's head in the right direction.

Alicia said...

I LOVE that commercial! I will stop channel flipping just to watch that commercial. If I ever become a millionaire, I'm going to hire people to follow me around and chant my name.