I’m leaving for Arkansas tomorrow. This time it’s not a business trip. I’m checking off one of my goals for this year. Cleaning up my bucket list.
I’m running a hundred miles.
If I do it in less than 24 hours I’ll get a trophy. The trophy is actually just a belt buckle.
That’s what you get if you can run four marathons back to back to back to back. A belt buckle.
I’m a runner. That’s what I do.
In 2012, I attempted to break the world record for running the most miles in 24 hours. I failed to break the record. But I learned a whole bunch of lessons.
I learned how tough I really am not. I learned about the necessity of humility. I learned how amazing it is to have friends to support you. I learned that practice and preparation can’t be substituted for anything else.
Two years later I’m running to complete.
My goal isn’t to compete. I’m not trying to win the ultra marathon. I’m just trying to finish what I start — make it across the finish line in less than 24 hours.
I think I’m ready. I’ve logged close to six thousand miles in the last few years — on trails and treadmills. I’ve hired a world record holding ultramarathon coach and change my nutrition to boost my performance.
I had to change my lifestyle in order to get ready.
Trains, planes, and the busyness of business travel make it hard to maintain a regular schedule. So I have to be smart on my feet — and plan out when and where I train.
It’s not an accident, it’s focused. Deliberate. I’m accountable each day to my coach.
Saturday morning at 6AM the gun goes off.
My race begins. I’m ready. I’ve learned many valuable lessons in getting to this point. Perhaps some day I’ll share them with you.
The biggest lesson I learned is that if you want to be better you have to change your lifestyle. You can’t do the same stuff you’ve always been doing and expect to become any better.
That’s crazy talk.
You can’t make more money, build a better relationship with your spouse, get promoted, find the job of your dreams, or achieve mind blowing success without changing how you live your life each day.
Looking back, the changes you make, when added all together, might seem pretty radical.
That’s probably what is going to take.
You have to start somewhere. And you have to start now.
Because doing what you been doing isn’t getting you to where you wanna be.
What are you changing?