• Garrett Stangel

At Your Best

On a trail run today as I pick the burrs off of my clothes my mind continues to run thinking about a day in my prime when that run would’ve been a little easier. Maybe a lot easier! We could all probably relate to licking our wounds after a difficult work out.

What got me through today’s workout was going back to a playlist of Marine Corps cadences being sung. While those cadences were once familiar to me 20 years ago imagining myself at my best and channeling the warrior spirit from which I came enabled me to run farther than I would have without that vision.

Do you have a vision like that of yourself? One of you at your best? One where even then you may not have given yourself credit but now looking back on it you can see your power. Go back to that. What does it look like? What does it feel like? What were you doing at that time that perhaps you’ve lost touch with now? Can you see it? Is there some reason to believe that you are no longer that person? I doubt it! If you can see it… That warrior is still within you.

Take a few minutes to describe that warrior but do it in the present tense. Here and now. Feel free to use the attached vision tool to help guide the exercise.  (Once you've completed it.... share it with me!  I'd love to read it.)  Who are you at your best? What are you doing with your superpower? Who are you with and where are you going? If you can see it, it is still within you. Channel that person in in your relationships, in your work, and in your next work out.  

Vision Tool

Describe a Vision

A vision is a compelling statement of who you want to be and what health-promoting, life-giving behaviors you want to do consistently.

First Picture

Tell me what your vision looks like. Paint me a picture. What would you look, feel, and act like at your ideal? What kind of person do you want to be when it comes to your health, fitness, or wellness? (Clarify until it’s reasonably succinct.)

Values & Motivators

What element(s) do you value most about this vision? Why is it really important to you to reach this vision? What good will come from your doing so? (Give examples of powerful values and motivators.)


How large is the gap between where you are today and your vision? Clarify Point A (starting point) and B (client’s dream) for vision.


What strengths can you draw on to help you realize your vision? How can the lessons from your life’s successes be applied to reach your vision? Challenges What significant challenges do you anticipate having to deal with on the way to reaching your vision? What concerns you most?


What strategies may be effective to help you rise above your challenges? (Brainstorm and clarify multiple possibilities before focusing.)


What people, resources, systems, and environments can you draw on to help you realize your vision and meet your challenges?


On a scale of 0-10, with 10 being really confident and 0 being no confidence, how confident are you that you can close the gap and realize your vision?

How ready and committed are you to take the first steps toward your vision? First Steps What first steps do you want to take?

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