As I finished the book Endure, I began to realize that all the new science around pushing the edge of human performance comes back to the need for the dreaded “d” word. You see, friend, we’ve become enamored with data. Throughout the book you see more measurement from the basics of VO2 max, heart rate variability, and lactate to the more intricate measurement of Wats, power to weight ratios, and all kinda weird brain imaging tools to show the athlete what the brains trying to signal to the quad, calve, or some other fatiguing muscle group. Hutchinson shows all sorts of new data to chew on toward our aim of doing more. We can’t seem to get enough, data, that is.

All the data in the world won’t improve your performance just by looking at it. The real “d” word, friend, is decidre. Decidre means literally “to cut off.” The best athletes, no different than the best leaders, are enamored with decisions. They understand that the speed of deciding what to do with or without mountains of data is the difference between good and great. When we study the greatest Presidents in our United States of America, you’re gonna see a pattern of decisiveness. Remember, when studying historical data, it’s obvious that we learn the most by doing. You won’t always make the best decision but, through good, old fashioned course correction, you’ll eventually discover the best way ‘round. Stop waiting for more data.

Be more decisive, friend. Good…

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