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How to be an Engaged Triathlete Today

Are you an engaged triathlete? According to a recent Gallup poll, 34% of U.S. workers are engaged in their work and 53% of workers are in the "not engaged" category. The latter show up to work and to perform the minimum required with an eye to leave their company for a better opportunity when found.

Why engagement matters.

“Engaged triathletes perform at higher levels, stay in the sport longer, and experience better health results.”

There tends to be a strong correlation of engaged triathletes with race recognition, relationships with their support teams and other racers, and performance development with their coaches. Optimal situations enable triathletes to use their strengths to do what they do best in the sport.

Top performances by engaged triathletes don’t happen by accident.

If you choose to get engaged then here are nine positive behaviors to adopt:

  1. Excel at what you do best

  2. Be enthusiastic when training

  3. Set racing and training expectations up front with your coach

  4. Develop yourself and others around to be the best triathletes and supporters

  5. Model desired behaviors

  6. Drive positive changes in workouts to improve race results

  7. Share success stories to boost others’ motivation

  8. Praise other racers’ performances

  9. Discuss your journey plans with others

Triathletes who experienced a broken engagement tend to:

  1. Embrace a negative outlook

  2. Focus on past failures

  3. Hang on to the way things used to be

  4. Become easily frustrated

  5. Expect the worse outcomes

  6. Conduct gripe sessions with peers and losers

Coaches and role model triathletes can provide guidance on better decisions, how to avoid various race scenarios frustrations, and how to stay as an engaged triathlete.

Choose to stay an engaged triathlete. Consider taking specific action to:

  • Seek out a triathlete mentor or coach who possesses the desired traits.

  • Include in your training goals specific behavior developments that require you to develop positive skills to boost race performances.

  • Request continual feedback from a coach, teammates, and racing peers to provide insight in what to modify to achieve your desired triathlete behavior.

  • Write an action plan with your coach as a guide. Discuss actual behavior to desired behavior.

  • Ditch the loser attitude and others who bring down the sport.

  • Focus more on being positive instead of being perfect.

  • When opportunities/problems arise, trust others to help you find positive solutions.

  • Give out more of your abilities to help others. You’ll never stay unhappy when giving to others for them to improve.

What is your interest and energy level like when around engaged triathletes? In work situations, do you more fulfilled when teamed up with engaged workers or non-engaged workers who make up more than half of the workforce that show up but perform the minimal requirements before clocking out for the day? Who would you rather work and race with, disengaged or engaged? Please ring in with an opinion.

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