Stuart McMillan
ALTIS CEO

THE DRUNK, THE POLICEMAN, AND THE PRIEST

None of us learn something new, and hold it entirely independent of what we already know. We incorporate it into the history of personal knowledge we have been creating our entire lives. This is how knowledge works, and it often throws up challenges in how we appreciate the things that are not happening outside of our brains, our worlds, our existences.  It is so easy to...

#EmbraceTheSuck

Over the last week, I have been sharing my thoughts on ‘leaning into discomfort’ as a way to reduce ‘limbic friction’, and how we can seek out such opportunities.   Starting February 1st, myself - as well as a few friends and colleagues from around the world (won’t you join us?) will be ‘embracing the suck’, by doing something sucky...

Try a Little Suckiness

As I previously wrote, the embrace the suck concept first resonated with me a few years back. To bring a little suckiness into my life, I resolved to do something that sucked every day.  I generally stuck to physical things - but this also included more psychologically challenging things as well (such as reading articles, books, etc. that went against...

Do the Work

“First say to yourself what you would be, and then do what you have to do.” Epictetus How do we get comfortable with the uncomfortable? By leaning into the discomfort.   Analyze high performers in any domain - sport, business, art, etc., and you will find that one commonality is that high performers don’t wait for inspiration - they simply ...

Embrace Change

Anyway - the point to all of this is to talk 'Embrace the Suck'. Next month, in an attempt to reduce my ‘limbic friction’ - i.e. to reduce the gap between intention and action - I will be running 5 miles, trap-bar deadlifting 100 kilos 100 times, and doing 100 push-ups - every day, for a month.   This will be...

Limbic Friction

A few years back, I asked my buddy Brian MacKenzie if he could come out to Phoenix, and present at an ALTIS Apprentice Coach Program.  He said he’d love to - but could he bring a friend?  Seems he was working with this friend on some stuff around fear and breathing.   I said - “absolutely! That sounds cool.  Let’s do it!” Turned out that...

Embrace the Suck

“Embrace the Suck” The first person I heard say this was David Goggins a few years back. Goggins’ slogan is rooted in the assertion that we are - generally - pretty soft.  As soon as something becomes overly challenging, we stop - we find a way not to do it, or an easier way to do it.  We impose limits...

Top-Down or Bottom-Up?

How can we employ a Performance Therapy Methodology (systems thinking) in a team sport environment?  I have been thinking about this for a few years now and our team here at ALTIS recently sat down to discuss it at some length. While I think I’m pretty confident in how this could be done effectively, we first need to understand the...

Stop Dragging Your Toes: Part V

In part IV, I discussed the general framework by which we go about designing our input (in this specific case, the ‘technical’ input of block clearance and early acceleration).  In part V, I’d like to take it a step further, and discuss how we do this in practice - i.e. what are the next steps in determining how each athlete...

Stop Dragging Your Toes: part III

At the end of part II, I asked the question:  “Is the goal for the athlete to drag her toe, or is it for her to have an effective and efficient block clearance and initial acceleration”? Hopefully, we can all agree that the goal is to be effective and efficient.  So that said, before moving forward to describing the process...