Kris Deonanan might not have secured the top spot in any of the races he participated in at last year’s CariFin Games.
But with a winning attitude and a positive outlook, the Guardian Group representative was able to feature in the top 3 ranking of runners and was awarded the title of Most Improved Runner 2016. A participant since 2015, Kris has made remarkable strides. Like a magic seed planted on fertile soil he has kept improving. What we would all like to know is how did he do it? What motivated him beyond the ordinary level and what pushed him to challenge himself and represent Team Guardian in such an extraordinary way?
Could he be the next great runner to come out and represent Guardian Group, and really make a mark in CariFin for some time to come?
But more importantly, what lessons can we learn from him?
Sharing his experience at a prize distribution event, Kris revealed a thing or two about his preparations, challenges and goals that might be of benefit to runners participating in this year’s games. Catch Kris’ telling his experience at prize distribution
- DESIRE AND COMMITMENT
Kris adopted a strong desire to improve in his running for 2016.
He began training and remained committed and consistent in his training program. For any athlete participating in a sporting event, a strong desire to achieve and dedication is necessary. Kris displayed both qualities.
Kris admitted to feeling upset seeing other competitors passing him in the races. But rather than dwelling on it, he used it as motivation to begin training harder, prepare and be more competitive
- TAKES ADVICE
As he says in his speech, Kris used the advice and words of encouragement from CariFin Fitness Club Chairman Wayne Roberts to further motivate him and push him to compete harder.
- HAVING A ROLE MODEL
Kris aimed to emulate former Guardian Group representative Ryan O’Neil who was the company’s star runner. He wanted to follow in O’Neil’s footsteps and also used this as motivation.
Kris remained positive throughout his training, despite negative memories of seeing other runners passing him during the races. He used this negative imagery in a positive way to push himself through those tough days when he didn’t feel like training or his morale was low.
- SENSE OF HUMOR
Kris has a great sense of humor and is not afraid to make fun of himself at times. He doesn’t let bad days or less than favorable outcomes get the better of him or prevent him from achieving his goals. He tends to see the humor in tough situations and use to inspire and motivate himself.
- ABILITY TO TEACH
Kris’ ability to share his experience in a humorous and engaging way is a great asset. It means others can connect with him on an authentic level and learn from him.