“Hope doesn’t work… Will Does”

This has been one of the most exciting weeks of my professional and athletic life. There has been massive support from everyone following last weekends events and I’m still so grateful for all of it. I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the months leading up to Regionals as they were not as glamorous as this last week has been.

The build up to regionals had an entirely different feel to it than this week. Just over a month ago if you had checked in with me you would have found a guy who was on the verge of collapse. Life had gotten out of control. My back hurt to a point of not being able to train, I was overwhelmed by my work, and I found myself unable to hold back the tears on enough occasions to prompt concern. Prepared to quit the season, ready to give up, I just about screamed out for some guidance. Something needed to change but I didn’t know what.

The folks I surround myself with were instrumental in helping keep me on the path towards Regionals and ultimately beyond. They all deserve to be mentioned here. To anyone that stuck with me when I was down and doubtful these past several weeks, I love you and couldn’t have done this without you.

I will however highlight one specific instance of support as it has stayed with me. Sometimes the right conversation happens at the right time. In this case an email exchange with my coach while he was on a plane to some far off place was a timely conversation that helped me hold on. He offerred up some grounding reminders about what I have been doing, who I’ve been doing it for, and why everything at that moment made sense and could still be overcome. I listened to what he had to say, I tried to let it fill me up with confidence, I did my best to change my mindset, but at the end of the exchange all I had to say in response to his positive foresight was “I hope so.” He quickly responded with “Hope doesn’t work… Will Does.” The conversation ended on that exclamation. The words buried themselves deep inside of me.

I’ve had plenty of time since then to think about what that meant. In that moment it was profound. It guided me through the challenging weeks to come. I reminded myself of it throughout the weekend at Regionals. Now it serves as a guide.

Wikipedia say this about Hope and Will.

Hope is the state which promotes the belief in a good outcome related to events and circumstances in one’s life

Will, in philosophy, refers to a property of the mind, and an attribute of acts intentionally performed. The will is in turn important within philosophy because a person’s will is one of the most distinct parts of their mind, along with reason and understanding. It is one of the things which makes a person who they are.

Am I relying on hope or am I living out my personal will? Allowing my life to unfold as a product of my personal will is my mission. My intention is to live a life that is in alignment with that will and allows for it to manifest.

At times we might find ourselves hoping for an outcome. When I reflect on those times in my life it becomes evident to me that in those moments I lose sight of my will.  Rather than intentionally moving through life I resign myself to a belief. When will guides your life you have upgraded beyond simple hope. You have combined a positive belief with intent and your mindset. It connects who you are with the outcomes of your life. It fills in the gaps between hope and outcome. It is how you can express your most true self. Live your Will and don’t rely simply on Hope.

Timely advice.

Training Saturday June 1st

AM – Row 5k Easy
2:00.6 avg/500m
22-24 s/m

Noon – Great to be back working in the gym. I have not trained in weeks. Everything has been prepping for Regionals. So getting my hands on a bar for sets and reps felt nice.

A. PS – 3,3,3,3; rest 10 sec b/t reps; 3 min b/t sets
– 195, 200, 205, 210
B. Log Clean x 1/Log Press x 5; rest 2 min x 4 – parallel grip preferred
– 150, 170, 190, 210

Stone to Shoulder tough
– 3:04


PM – 6pm

Open Water Swim practice – 30 min
*Aquatic Park in SF – swam with a wetsuit as the water is still in the mid 50’s out here. Was fun. Probably swam about 1200m today total if I had to guess.

Bike 30 min off road – gonna save this for Sunday as it was getting late.