What do you get up for in the morning?

December 18th, 2017


I was having a coffee here in my home with Oscar who was my Triathlon coach many years ago. (Excuse the paint tray, painters just finished here yesterday). I trained  with Oscar and his team for only a few years. We were made up of a group of people like myself, Triathlon Virgins plus the hallowed Hawaii Iron men.

As a group we were diverse. From lawyers and doctors to plumbers, electricians and more. As Oscar said to me when I joined, “Sal” if you ever need something done around the house one of the guys will be able to help.  And they did!

Anyway, as we were sorting out the world’s problems Oscar told me this story that I will not forget.  He was speaking recently at a Hospital Educational event for older people. Oscar is 77 and until a year ago competed in Hawaii Iron man competitions. As he sat waiting to go on, he was aware that the audience of 400 older people was getting bored by the “medical know all’s” pontificating about the body and ageing process. People were shuffling in their seats and looking around the hall. So in typical Oscar style, he thought I am going to make them sit up and listen when I speak, and he did!

The first question he asked was. “What is the first thing you do in the morning?”. Which was met with uncomfortable silence. One helpful soul said “have breakfast’. Oscar said yes but what could you do first thing in the morning? More uncomfortable silence and no moving now. Shuffling had abated. So Oscar pushed on, as he does and said, “Do you ever think that when you get up in the morning you are going to make a difference to the world today?”. A profound question met with more stunned silence.

So Oscar then got going, and challenged the overweight, unhealthy group of people listening. He asked them to look at their life and check in with themselves. What did they do everyday to make their life and the world a better place? I imagine this was met with even more silence. By the time we had finished our coffee Oscar had finished his story and the punch line was this – At the conclusion of the night people were crowding around wanting to train with him, learn how to be fit and healthy and create a better life for themselves and others.

The morale of this story is, when you get up in the morning what do you do each day to make your life sing and the world a better place?  Oscar is one of the most extraordinary men, I have met in my life.  He also has a Pacemaker which is now not doing the job it was meant to do, is an asthmatic, painter, sculpture and a school teacher. He left my place with his kayak sitting on the top of his Mini Minor to go down to the beach for a paddle and swim. What a man!

So what are you going to do each day to make the world a better place? If you want to find out how to challenge your Mindset in this area, add new expertise to your career and just follow a job path that inspires book in for a fast paced Power coaching session. You will not regret it!