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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Transformation Tuesday- Moving Forward to Success

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"Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There's plenty of movement bu you never know if it's going forward, backward or sideways."- Author H. Jackson Brown Jr.

It is easy to measure success as an athlete. Every race is a yard stick that tells us how we are doing towards our goals and even how successful we are compared to others.

What are some steps can you take to enhance your success?

Lots of people have potential. Every year when it comes time to draft college football players into the NFL you will hear talk about an athlete’s potential.  But when it comes time to blossom many players potential wilts on the vine.  There are countless stories of players like college quarterback Ryan Leaf, drafted 2nd overall in the 1998 NFL draft.    Leaf drafted after Peyton Manning by the San Diego Chargers lasted 4 years in the NFL, Manning is still playing.  Many scouts thought Leaf had the stronger arm and had more upside. Manning was deemed to be more mature and NFL ready.
In an episode of NFL Top 10, the Ryan Leaf selection was deemed the biggest draft bust of all time.
Leaf plagued by drug and legal problems squandered his talent because of lack of discipline. Lack of discipline is at the root of many personal failures. It can keep you from being a success as an athlete, at work or in your personal life.  So here are some keys to being more disciplined and helping to turn potential into success:
What needs to change? In what areas are you lacking discipline?  What changes if you made them would lead to more success and more of the things you want? Write these down.


What is the upside if you are successful? What will change if you are more disciplined and become successful. What would change for instance if you had the discipline to exercise every day? Write down all the positive things.


So you know what needs to change and the benefits to change, what is getting in the way?  What are the roadblocks? Is it time? Lack of knowledge? Lack of skills?  What behavior has to change for you to be successful? Write down all the reasons. Honestly evaluate them and get rid of the ones that are just excuses.  Act to remove legitimate obstacles. Start writing goals and an action plan.


Always remember your why. This should be your core motivation every time things get tough. This is the thing that drives you and why you get up every morning. It needs to be at your core if you want to have the discipline to reach your potential.  Sit down and write out your goals and the reason why you are doing them. I set a goal to run the Boston Marathon and then to win a National

Championship. My why has always been to raise awareness, stay strong and healthy and to be a role model for those affected by CMT.    I remember when I was training for my first Paratriathlon National Championship, workouts were getting tough. I would always picture one of my competitors and say to myself “What you think she’s doing tonight. She’s swimming laps or she’s running” I would imagine my competition was working out and knew if I wanted to be competitive I had to work out too. That helped me many days when I was tired after a day of work.
Plan to be successful; it is within your power. Remember all the benefits and the why that motivates you!
Dr. Benjamin Bloom of the University of Chicago conducted a five year study on what makes people successful. He and his team not only interviewed successful athletes, musicians and scientists, but interviewed their families and friends. He found that drive, determination and desire, not great natural talent lead to the extraordinary success of individuals. So passion and self-discipline properly channeled can lead to great success.
John Maxwell said; “Only in the moment of discipline do you have the power to achieve your dream."

Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship. She has qualified to represent Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015.  

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 175 members in 31 states. We also have members in Australia, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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