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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