Finding Your Edge
The difference between where you are and where you want to go is about having the courage to try something you’re not sure you can do. Finding your edge is all about shifting your mindset, being vulnerable, and creating little bite sized strategies to get there.
Here is a simple truth: If you only ever do what you know how to do, you will never find your true potential. Fear of failure holds us back.
I believe so firmly in this, that it is one of the core tenants of what we stand for at Fly Feet. Every day, we ask our community to take a chance on themselves in the studio, to try something they’re not sure they can do. Yes, that is hard. It’s supposed to be. Hard things make us better and we can do hard things. We believe if we can figure out how to do that in our training, it can become a construct for our lives. It’s called finding our edge.
This philosophy is also true in your career. Mastering your job isn’t enough to get promoted. You have to demonstrate that you understand what the next level requires and that you’re not only willing to work on evolving your skill set to be successful in the next role, but also are able to start walking the walk. This is hard. You have to be vulnerable. You have to be ready to try things and maybe even fail, whether that means giving a presentation in front of your team, delivering tough feedback, or creating a bold and untested strategy.
The key is being clear about what it is that you’re chasing and being intentional and specific with your plan to get there. (True in both in your training, and your career!) Bridge the gap between where you are and where you want to go. From a career standpoint, I’ve found four things that helped me get myself to the next level.
Who does it well? They are your spirit animal.
Or whatever you want to call them. Even better if they’re a formal mentor, but if not, don’t let that hold you back. Study how they operate, learn from their approach. If they’re masters at building consensus, how do they do it? Ask them to coffee to learn.
Try new things in service of building new skills.
In order to get comfortable operating at the next level, you have to start operating at the next level. If normally you go to your boss to seek approval on an idea, who then has to go to her boss for approval, ask if you could pitch your idea instead. Simply said, where appropriate, ask to do your boss’s job!
Break it up into bite sized chunks.
Maybe don’t do the entire board presentation the first time. Perhaps just a 5 minute section is enough to understand the experience and figure out the keys to success. Build from there. Momentum is a powerful tool.
Be ok with not getting it completely right.
Said differently, failure IS an option, and that is ok. Generally speaking, people are very forgiving of those who are stretching themselves to the next level and stumble. It’s an easier proposition than getting there and screwing it up. Take partners along the way and get ready to be surprised at what happens.
Ok now, what are you going after? Let’s do this!
p.s. The same construct applies in your training. Want to run a sub six minute mile? Just hopping on the tread and trying to run fast won’t get you there.
Who does it well? Talk to them about mechanics and mental strategies they use to crush their mile.
Try new things to build new skills. Work on your mechanics so that you can build efficiency in your stride. This matters in your last 2 minutes when you feel crushed. Just trying harder doesn’t work.
Break it up into bit sized chunks. You can’t run a 6 minute mile, but you can probably run six 1 minute efforts at a 6 minute mile pace with 1 minute of rest in between. So do that. And then over time try three 2 minute efforts at a 6 minute pace. And so on.
Be ok with not getting it completely right. You probably won’t get there on the first try, or the second, or the third, but that is ok. You have a strategy, a goal, and the will to succeed!