This weekend I watched my daughter and a neighbor girl play hide and seek. In our living room. Now you know about hide and seek, but you don’t know about my living room. You can guess though that it is full of big wardrobes to hide in, and other large cabinets, a couple walk in closets with big empty boxes and foot lockers, and a four poster bed with big drapes to hide under, as well as an odd assortment of absurdly large knickknacks collected from around the world that make perfect hiding spots for an almost 4 year old. . You would be correct in your assumptions. Well, except we don’t have big wardrobes to hide in, and other large cabinets, a couple walk in closets with big empty boxes and foot lockers, and a four poster bed with big drapes to hide under, as well as an odd assortment of absurdly large knickknacks collected from around the world that make perfect hiding spots for an almost 4 year old. In fact all we do have is a couch, an easel, and an overstuffed chair sized for an almost 2 year old. This didn’t ruin the game though. Surprisingly. One girl would count to ten and the other would “hide.” And by hide I mean would walk to the other side of the room and sort of duck down behind one end of the couch or lean up against the wall with their eyes closed. In one round my daughter merely walked behind the other girl, and just crouched in a ball on the floor. It was painful to watch. And this is exactly how I feel sometimes when having conversations with athletes about all of the reasons they aren’t getting the results they want. Do you think I don’t see you? Don’t play this game with me. Don’t play this game with anyone you have enlisted to help you get to whatever place you are trying to go. Like most of the lessons we take out of the gym this is also life stuff. Who do you think you are fooling? What is the point of lying? Is it still a lie if you really believe what you are telling me? Don’t tell me you are sticking to the plan. I am not saying that the plan isn’t hard. I know your kids will only eat fish sticks. Your husband eats ice cream after dinner everyday and doesn’t gain weight. Your mom and your sister are both overweight. Your job, and your house, and your dog, and your horse are all conspiring against you. All of those things very well may be true. So what. Those are the rules of the game. You can’t hide there either. And why would you want to? Hiding just leaves you in the same state in a different location. Let’s get it done and then there is no reason to hide. Then you are inclined to strut. I like that better. I think you will too.