The Choice is Yours

Sometimes when I’m training, I want to quit before my workout is done, or even start it!

Does this ever happen to you?

I start my workout and I’m breathing heavy but not in a good way yet… I’m thinking about all the errands I need to run later, or all the OTHER things I should be doing.

So, what keeps you going?

For me, I’ve found that nothing is as powerful as reminding myself that I have a goal to improve.

I have set an intention and its usually combined with a race date on the calendar that I need to be ready for — and if I get off the bike now, I’m giving in to my old, “No thanks, I’m just going to show up and not be at my BEST” attitude.

In business and pop psychology, they call it a growth vs. fixed mindset.

In physics, it’s something about “an object in motion stays in motion,” while one that sits on the couch all day eating chocolate tends to… well, you get the picture.

Growth vs. fixed – Am I doing what it takes to improve, or do I blow it off when things get tough?

You’ve heard this definition of insanity, right? Doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results!

A fixed mindset is limiting. It says we can:

  • Avoid challenges, because they are too difficult
  • Give up easily
  • Get mad when other people succeed
  • And that we never get better at anything.

That’s terribleI don’t want to live like that, and I know you don’t, either.

Choose the freedom, instead, of a GROWTH mindset. It leads:

  • To persevering despite setbacks and injury
  • To putting in the effort to acquire new skills
  • To accepting criticism, and have it motivate us to improve
  • And to being inspired by others successes

That’s what healthy living is all about: freedom. Let’s grow together.


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Erinne Guthrie is a USA Triathlon Level II Certified Coach since 1999 and Chief Motivating Officer at Full Circle Coaching, LLC since 2010. Creator of the 16 week Triathlon Transformation. She has been training, racing and coaching triathletes since 1997.  She is also a CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 3, USMS Master’s Swim Coach, Motivational Speaker, Metabolic Efficiency Specialist, Mom, Mermaid and much much more.


  • Jesus Jimenez Posted May 24, 2021 11:49 am

    great blog. I am so inspired! Seeing your run was inspiring! Because when I started with you, you were not running and had planter fasciitis issue. You for sure practice what you preach and that is super motivating. My goal (as you know) is to finish my first ironman in November 7th in PCB. Your coaching giving me much needed confidence to do the work and get there. thank you.

    • fullcircle Posted May 24, 2021 12:47 pm

      Thank you so much Jesse, and yes the road to your goals in triathlon is not directly up- there is always a solution and your body can heal if you give it time. I’m super excited for your continuing improvement on your journey to Ironman, you are going to have an amazing race- onward and upward! KAIZEN- constant steady improvement!

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