You Should Find Your X-Spots
February 22, 2014 § 3 Comments
The 26.2 mile marathon is a physical and mental endurance event. What’s amazing is that near it’s end, as exhausted as runners are, when they have line of sight of the finish line they speed up and sprint to the end! Dr. Lewis G. Maharam, board chairman of the International Medical Directors Association calls this the “X-Spot.” It is the place “where runners first see the finish line and know they are going to finish.”
The X-spot, is where the brain sees its dear goal so close to being achieved. It then releases adrenalin and other chemicals that serve as accelerants and give the mind and body the energy and ability to achieve (like the stories we read of wives, mothers and daughters lifting cars off trapped loved ones). The X-spot phenomena is so powerful and predictable, it’s the place Maharam recommends marathon paramedics station themselves to provide 1st aid. In 2011 alone, Maharam had ten successful resuscitations at the X-spot.
When the brain learns what WAS POSSIBLE has NOW BECOME PROBABLE, it does all it can to make you get there. It happens at work too. Just think how you’ve felt when an important project neared it’s end. Relieved perhaps, but also very motivated to get it done. Like football running backs who run harder and faster the closer they get to the end zone.
We can use this natural process to help accelerate our abilities to be better leaders. If it’s true that the closer we perceive success to be, the faster we move towards it, then we need to find our X-spots early and often.
For example, let’s say you believe it’s important that you become more appreciative of those that work for you/with you (if you don’t beleive it, you should!)…then,
- At the end of a day, make a list of 3 people who did something you liked that day.
- Leave that short list on your desk.
- Start the next day with a note of thanks or praise to one of those people.
- Repeat this for 21 days for it to become a habit of appreciation.
- You will be achieving goals that are important to you.
- This will make you feel happier and stronger.
- High performers prefer to stick around leaders who feel happy, strong and appreciate them.