Have you ever heard the phrase, 'life is a marathon, not a sprint'? If you've heard it before or are hearing it for the first time, do you agree with it? Personally, I disagree... Think about it, life doesn’t happen at a slow and steady pace - especially if we are pursing something big and meaningful. A life of purpose requires a faster pace, and if we try to live life as a marathon at the pace required, we won't be able to handle it physically, emotionally or mentally. Now let’s dig a little deeper and start recalibrating to a sprinters pace and accelerate our path to our personal vision of success.
Sometimes we need to break away from the routines and our 'normal' processes. Sometimes we need to escape to new places and locations to find inspiration and rev up our mind to new perspectives, insights and opportunities for massive growth. Sometimes we need to get away and think bigger.
Why do some people go through extremely difficult events and come through better and stronger than ever, while others do not? What is it that makes them different? What is it that makes them so... resilient?
What are the challenges in your life that scare you? What is that 'thing' that feels impossible to take on? What is your Beast? We all tell ourselves stories about what we can't do. We aren't smart enough, strong enough, experienced enough, in good enough shape disciplined enough... we aren't... enough. Today I challenge you to confront and Battle Your Beast.
We are surrounded by incredible resources - foods, technology, information, entertainment, etc. - all of which can have a positive impact and influence on our lives... in moderation. However, when things like social media, sugary foods, caffeinated beverages, streaming media, 24/7 news feeds become so ingrained in our lives, we run the risk of becoming overwhelmed, burnt out, and just plain unhealthy. Sometimes... it's time for a detox.
When we compete in anything in life, we have a tremendous opportunity to walk away with lessons to help us elevate our game in the future. Walking off the course with my finisher's medal in hand, I couldn't help but smile and reflect...
The initial decision to workout along with setting a goal is the easy part, but how do we maintain the momentum to get there? How do we avoid having another New Year's Resolution fizzle out by week 2 or 3?
In the past, despite not putting in the hours upon hour of practice to build up a decent game, I would walk on the course and expect more from myself than was realistic. As a result, my anger and frustration would cloud out all the good stuff happening around me on the course, and those 18 holes would turn into my own personal mental hell. I promised myself that the next time I walked on the course, things would be different...
Finding time to recharge the batteries is critical in order to maintain our intensity and forward progress. It's also a chance for us to reward ourselves for our great progress - yes, we need to do that for ourselves too!
No matter if we compete in the board room, at home or on the field, our body is the vehicle that allows us to execute and win... If we want to maintain and build upon our successes of today, then it is imperative that we take care of ourselves and prioritize time for training, nutrition, and recovery.