Posted by: David D. Daggett | September 10, 2007

The Magic of “Yes!”

The Magic of “Yes!”

     You know I’ve been at this quite a long time when I remember the days of racing with Dave Scott. To me he is still the greatest of all time. I first met Dave at the Chicago USTS race in 1985. I don’t remember the results, but I sure do remember the cold water, and swimming wetsuits weren’t yet invented! Dave and I have kept up a bit over the years. Here is a picture of us with him in Kona last year:


     Dave is one tough guy. He says, and we know, that positive attitude makes us faster. One of his biggest secrets he shared with me is the magic of “Yes!” Dave says that everyone has a tough time at some point during the race and when he hit the tough times he started repeating to himself “yes . . . yes . . . YES . . . YES!” He said this psychological positive stimulus to himself made him keep going, and feeling good.

     The “Magic of Yes!” means that a positive attitude makes you faster, and better, and more fun to be around . . . and sometimes just keeps us going. The mind is the motor, not just in racing and in triathlons, but in life. There are lots of quotes that float around on positive attitude. I love this one from George Patton that has been floating around a bit recently on the web: “If you are going to win any battle, you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do . . . the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.”

     I think that is one of the things I like about Ironman racing – getting to the point of “Yes!” After 8, 9, 10 hours, or longer of racing, what are you going to do? There is a tap on one shoulder that says slow down, or walk, or quit. On the other shoulder is the tap saying “come on, you can do it – keep going.” That is where you start repeating “Yes!”

     Likewise at other tough times in life try with me just saying “Yes!” Those “taps on the shoulder” tend to occur just as regularly in our daily lives when things get tough at work, or maybe with family. We can then use our “Yes!” technique to get our positive attitude back on track. That positive attitude makes all aspects of life better.

     If we say “Yes”enough we believe it, and if we believe it there is a much better chance of success, in life.

     Just say “Yes!”


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