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Lessons from an Ultramarathoner (BLog #328)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Part 2 from my surfing blog yesterday...

When I clicked on the link to see about "THE HUMAN MACHINE" I did not know I was clicking on a link to see a video about David Goggins, a truly amazing ultramarathoner. When the video started I thought, "What can I learn from someone so so so far beyond my capabilities/reality?"


I've learned though, that I cannot allow a thought like that stop me from learning something from even the most advanced athletes out there. The video is quite mesmerizing. I played it a few times because of the wisdom in his words. Several ideas have stuck with me.

#1. "If you can see yourself doing it, you can do it. If you can't see yourself doing it, you can't achieve it." He talks about visioning.. envisioning and striving for those goals.

For me it means that I have to see myself getting through the winter months with success. For me it means seeing myself run a fast 8K in March!

#2 "In every race, you will hit a wall, several walls. Every time you hit a wall, that is a big deciding factor in that race or in your life. ... You find the door. I always open the door. Your mind resets and you can go a few more miles. ... It is how you experience life. And that is how I experience life."

The whole idea about realizing that life is full of knocks and if you decide not to look for doors and then not open the doors, you are pretty much guaranteed not to let your mind get reset. I love this idea of having your mind hit the "reset button" when you are presented with the options behind the doors!!

For me that means walls that look like plateaus, winter months, waning motivation, rain, dark afternoons, busy schedules etc... For me it means that I can choose not to do anything about those walls or... I can look for the doors and open them up.

I have bookmarked this video to be able to pick up other nuggets of wisdom from this amazing athlete. He is not in it for the glory. He is in it to test himself. I like that!

QUOTE: "Winning is not everything, but the effort to win is." Zig Ziglar

MANTRA: Every choice in an opportunity. Every opportunity is a choice. (DBH/May 2010)

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  • MMS354
    Good one, D. I like the quote about walls and think I just found my way through (over?) one.

    PS - I am going to join your for the Shamrock Run 8k in the Spring.
    2655 days ago
    Great link - thank you! My husband is looking to run an ultra next year, so any info we can find on the races and the people the run in them is awesome!
    2656 days ago
    Good evening, amazing SparkFriend! Not only are you a whiz and a half at finding good info, you're able to distill the most important elements - the genuine high points - from any book you read, any video you see, and any race you watch. The very first step toward real progress is identifying those walls...and the doors. You've mastered that process and turned it into a high art-form! My beanie's off to ya :) - Deni emoticon
    2658 days ago
    Great post!
    2658 days ago
    Thank you!
    2658 days ago
    Thanks for the link - so inspiring!
    2658 days ago
    What an amazing motivator, such wisdom,
    thanks for the link, I've saved it too for future reference
    2658 days ago
  • DRB13_1
    David Goggins is my motivation. I saw him in person last month and he opened with this video and then answered questions from the audience. You can tell he really wants people to understand they have abilities to do great things if they will just make up their mind to get up and make the effort. My blog 10/19 features another video about him. They call him the 100-mile man.
    If you ever get to meet him or hear him speak, go!
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    2659 days ago
    Thanks for the video link. He has some powerful lessons for us to learn!
    2659 days ago
  • MONTY68
    Hi Diane
    A great blog, If we have something we could learn about an idea, a subject, or anything we are doing, why not find the best person to share their thoughts. You did exactly that and look what you found. What a wonderful recap if ideas that you have shared with us. When I was doing some studies on positive living, I had the opportunity to have Wayne Dyer, Alan Cohen, Deepak Chopra share time with me. There is no better way to learn, then from those who are successful in what they do. You will continue to gain from viewing his video.
    That is one of the great things about you, you are always searching, finding new ideas and using them and then we learn from you.
    Thank you so much for sharing this.

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    2659 days ago
    emoticon for the link. I intend to watch it. When I was 12 or so I started to learn how to play tennis and I was pretty good. My instructor told us that in order to get really better, we should play with people who were superior to us.

    My tennis pal would not listen to that and continued to play with people she knew she could bea I listened to the advice and probably lost the next 25 or so matches BUT I learned a lot! Was it fun for me to loose? NEVER but I learned and eventually became a top player . My tennis friend dropped out. My point is that we learn from those who have achieved the knowledge and skill we strive for! emoticon
    2659 days ago
  • REJ7777
    emoticon What an incredible person - both mentally and physically! WOW!
    2659 days ago
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