The Impossible Ironman, Chris and Nik Nikic

Chris Nikic is the world’s first person with Down Syndrome to complete an Ironman triathlon. Listen in as he and his father, Nik share the story of how doing just 1% better each day helped them, and can help you, achieve the impossible. Discover why Nik adjusted his parenting style to fit his son’s unique needs, which included not treating him like he’s special. Listen to how they developed a program which helped Chris achieve his seemingly insurmountable goals, including completing the Ironman Triathlon. Chris and his father have since gone on to co-write a book, start Chris’ career as a public speaker, and so much more. All because he and his father focus on doing just 1% better each and every day. Join Dave as he dissects the actions they took to achieve this remarkable level of success.


Action Principles

Pick one to do this week

  1. Know your motivation. Understand why you’re doing something. When you have your motivation in mind, it gives you the push to keep moving forward. One action you could take: Create a visual motivation board and keep it somewhere you’ll see it daily.
  2. Customize your plan. Everyone has unique needs and challenges. Figure out what works for you, and what doesn’t, and make those changes.One action you could take: Find a plan that’s proven to be successful for others, then make adjustments that fit your needs and lifestyle so it works for you.
  3. Ask the right questions. There’s a real power in asking yourself the right questions.Whether you ask yourself, or you have a great coach, the answers you get could make a big difference. One action you could take: Rather than forcing yourself to push through, stop and ask yourself this important question: “Do I really want to quit or keep going?”
  4. Follow the 1% Better principle. Commit to getting 1% better at something that will get you a little closer to your goal every day. Over time, the 1% will compound into big results. One action you could take: Ask yourself, “What can I do to get just 1% better today that will help me get closer to my goal?” Then do it!


Guest Resources

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