See how this ancient Chinese proverb can help you overcome any adversity that life brings you. I have used it to help guide and push me when I didn’t want to.
“LIFE is not about how many times you get knocked down. It is about how many times we get back up and keep fighting. Quitting is for losers, and quitting ain’t you…” – Rocky
Take a moment to reflect how you would spend your day today if you knew that at midnight you would die. With whom would you spend it?
Most people would read that and say that is a stupid exercise to indulge in because that is not luxury we have. I would say, that is precisely the point. You don’t have that luxury so why do waste so much time?
Benjamin Franklin said, “He who squanders their time, squanders their life.”
So refocus on the question above:if you were going to die at midnight How would you spend it, who would you spend it with, and why?
(Would you waste half the day glued to the TV? I doubt it.) When you start listing all the things you would do and who would you do them with ask yourself another question do I spend time with these people? If they are so important why am I not making the time to spend with them?
The keyword here is planning.
Do you currently plan your day starting with the most important things first then fill in the rest? Unfortunately most of us do not and as a result we are squandering precious minutes, hours, days because we have failed to plan.
In May my wife, Christian, met a gentlemen that had back pain and was told by the doctor that it was because he was overweight. Upon assessing him and working with him she found out his dreams and helped to alleviate the pain substantially. After 2 sessions Christian worked with him but she sensed something still didn’t add up and suggested he get a scan. Unfortunately, she was right. He had stage 4 pancreatic cancer and passed away last week at the end of June.
Their is more to the story. The day before he passed away Christian went to see him the day before he passed away to stretch and move him around. He hadn’t moved in a few days. As she was leaving the brother in-law shared with her that her client had told him that in the 2 sessions they had together Christian had changed his life.
That is amazing. To be able to impact someones life positively that they feel their life is changed is quite an accomplishment. Now my wife is incredible but the legacy of that interaction is greater than anything. We are the sum of our relationships, how we contribute back to humanity and how we love. I feel honored to be married to such a great women.
How can you change someone’s life the first time you met them?
How can you live each day more fully?
Are you spending time doing and being with those that are most important to you daily?
I hope you literally answer these questions and take up this challenge to make each day a masterpiece.
“…Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.“ – Marianne Williamson
Each word echoed in my soul and dwelt in there stirring up all sorts of emotions. When the noise and voices quieted down I was left with the true person I am.
As I utter these words daily I see it all around me. Humanity desperately crying and longing to be free, to be real.
Today I sit here contemplating these four words,
They bring joy, optimism, and excitement that each and everyone is “Powerful Beyond All Measure” yet I am saddened because I know that few will let go and embrace their true self. Few will do what is necessary to become great. Few will every see all they are capable of because they chose to live in the depths of FEAR.
Making it, is not easy.
There is the steady flow of those willing and able to bring us down because they refuse to step up.
I implore you today, don’t waste your time by settling.
Make each breath you take as important as a free diver about to submerge into the depth and darkness of the deep blue sea.
As a free diver deeper you dive the darker it will get but unlike the free diver when you dive inside your soul the deeper you go the closer to your true self you will only see light.
Search for the light and let it shine for all to see.
The worlds best athletes do this one strategy consistently and on command.
Find out here the strategy they use to make sure they perform at a high level.
Before I answer that did you ever see the movie Kickboxer? Not the greatest movie (Definitely a guy flick, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme). There is a seen where he is Thailand training kicking a palm tree to toughen his shins. He keeps kicking until he kicks the tree down and injures himself.
That may seem ridiculous but that is essentially what so many runners do with their training. They go for broke daily until they lose motivation, get injured and lose motivation, or are so fatigued and don’t improve, invariably losing motivation. See a reoccurring theme here?
Callusing the body and your training.
Callusing is the daily training done consistently and incrementally allowing for your body, your muscles, your tissue, and your fitness to adapt and absorb the stress you are placing it.
The difference between a “blister” and a rock hard callus is the proper balance of intensity, consistency, and patience.
Have a plan to strategically train your body and fitness patiently and incrementally.
20 – Pull ups
50 – Push ups
20 – Pistol Squats
Remember back to when you were a kid. Every time you there was a puddle our parents would steer us clear of them or when it was raining how you just wanted to play in the rain and drink it straight from the sky. Now is your chance to splash that puddle, to drink the rain, to play and to run in it.
Boredom is bound to strike if you do the same thing ever day. Nature has a brilliant way of changing our perspective with rain. It is up to you to embrace it and see the new landscape moist, dripping and wet.
Most people head for cover when it rains. Most of your competitors also take it indoors or take the day off. Not you. Use the rain as one more reason you know you will be ready to compete. When it is dark, wet and gloomy with the wind howling in your face you will win.
Running the same way over the same course helps us adapt to those circumstances but nature changes and if you want to compete then so must you.
Running as a sport is so simple. You put one foot in front of the other. Rain doesn’t change that only it gives you an opportunity to run as a child. No inhibition, just plain fun. Splash in the puddles, get wet, and smile. You are not going to melt. Get on the grass or on a trail connect to your primal instincts and smile.
Take that leap of curiosity next time it rains. Gloomy feelings are as a result of indoctrination. Give a new meaning to rain and embrace it.
Leave a comment below: Do you like running in the rain and why?