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Inspired to Insanity

This weekend I ran a spontaneous 6 hour race.

Let me explain…

Ever heard of a man named Dean Karnazes?

Dean-Karnazes-runningHe is a pretty famous ultra-marathoner. He has run 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days. He has run on a treadmill for 48 hours straight (crazy I know). He has run across the US, averaging 40+ miles daily. He is doing things that are inconceivable to most. So when I heard he was going to be at a local running shop I had to meet him. On Saturday I made the drive and sat listening to his every word along with 30+ other runners. I think we were hoping he would wave a magic wand and endow us with the same powers he had. He shared some training and nutrition insights. He shared some great stories as well. Then…

Someone asked him what made him so special?

He said he felt like everyone else. He believes that we are all capable of doing what he can do. We just need to do it consistently and believe we can do it.

After the meeting he shared that he was going to be at the Vista View 360 Race on Sunday. It is a 6 hour race and the goal is to see how many 1.25 mile loops can you complete. I thought about what he said and decided to signed up.

No adequate training under my belt. To quote the Bon Jovi song, “I was living on a prayer.”

The most I had run over the past 4 month was 1 hour and twenty minutes. Here I was attempting to do almost 6 times that (ouch).

I knew that I didn’t have the training but I had plenty of inspiration and belief, thanks to Dean.

Why am I sharing this?

Life is not always planned. In fact, the surprises life shares with you adds flavor to your life. Today’s message is to STEP-UP. Sometimes the only thing stopping you from doing things that you never thought possible, is your rational brain. As much as I believe in structured training, as much as I believe preparing, I also believe that life is meant to be lived with your heart too.

Looking at the facts, I had no business even trying. This was not my rational brain acting but my heart. Dean Karnazes inspired me to look inside and kick through any preconceived notions of what needed to happen in order to run such a long race. I guess he did wave his magic wand and shared his superhuman strength. I am better today because of it.

Growing up I was told that you become the company you keep. Raise your standards, surround yourself with people who push you to grow or be left behind.

Grow daily. Push your limits. Step-up.

Cheers,

AC

PS – Read part 2 in this series: 6 Lessons from a 6 hour Race 😉

Your Signature Move

The other day a friend sent me a video of entertainer, funny man, and speaker Jason Hewlett. He was talking about your signature move.

Jason talks about Michael Jackson.

What is his signature move? Yep, the moonwalk.

Jason’s signature move was his amazing ability to contort his face and impersonate people.

I thought about the significance of the signature move. Both MJ and Jason’s signature move allows us to recognize who they are, similar to a corporate logo. But the underlying thing here is their passion. When they are most congruent with themselves or when they are the best versions of themselves they are performing, connecting, and sharing their story.

What is your story?

I feel invigorated that I have been able to share my story through my passion.

My passion is coaching people to live the best versions of themselves. I do it through MENE (mindset, exercise, nutrition, and education).

When I was a kid, most people thought of exercise as something jocks or PE teachers did. Most parents want their kids to become engineers, lawyers, doctors, accountants. In other words to get a real job. My parents were the opposite. They always encouraged me to pursue what I love to do first. Don’t do it for the money, they said, do it in spite of the money. Said differently, what would you love to do if you didn’t get paid to do it?

So what happens if you didn’t have parents that supported you?

What happens if you hate what you currently do because you are not truly doing your dream job or pursuing your passion?

Are you up a creek without a paddle?

Nope.

You have a decision.

I believe it is never too late to create the life you want, the legacy you want.

Clearly define what it is you are passionate about then apply your signature move.

Listen I get it. It may seem impossible.

You are married, you have kids, you feel too old, you don’t have enough time. What ever your excuse is, remember, it is just that – an excuse. I never said it will be easy but let me reassure you it will be worth it. Any thing worth living for is hard work. Let me repeat that.

“Anything worth living for is hard work.”

I have touched on this before. But if you are not living out your passion you are probably not living to your best. Steve Jobs said, “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.”

Contemplate these questions then do the thing that scares most people. Take action. Do something today that leads you toward your passion and live the life you deserve.

The time to live is today.

Cheers,
AC

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