Multi-tasking kills success. Why I’m not a great athlete.
Last weekend I took part in the Bell’s Iceman Cometh Mountain bike race. This race is a 30 mile point to point race through northern Michigan. I’ve done the race for three consecutive years now. Its fun, but I have never placed above the halfway mark (out of 5000 total riders).
Do I care about how I finish? Not really. For me, mountain bike racing isn’t really anything more than a hobby doing something I enjoy (riding my bike). I never really intend to win these events.
Could I win one of these events? Yes. I don’t see why not. But what would I have to change in order to race more competitive?
- Mindset – I would need to shift from thinking about these events as just another hobby to thinking about them as a competition.
- Direct focus – I do way too many other sports to really be competitive at any one single sport. On a given week I ride 30-50 miles, do jiu-jitsu 2-3 days, do CrossFit 4-5 days, and lift 5 days a week.
If you want to excel at something focus all of your efforts on doing that one thing. The last sport I was really good at was racing BMX. When I raced BMX that’s what I did. Everything else took a back seat. The only workouts I did were specific to helping me be a better BMX racer.
Why isn’t Tesla the greatest car company in the 21 century? Because Elon Musk is running around building tunnels and rockets at the same time he is trying to build a car brand.
If you want to be the best, focus your energy on one task at a time. And keep hammering away at it until you get the results you are after.
“‘We are what we repeatedly do. Greatness then, is not an act, but a habit‘”