There's this man James Lawrence, they call him the "Iron Cowboy". I met him at a YL Fit Event. I saw him with my own two eyes, shook his hand, and took a picture with him, and I still can't believe that he is real . This man accomplished the unimaginable.
The Ironman triathlon. It's a race that only the best athletes attempt. It is a 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112 mile bike ride, and then finished off with a 26.2 mile run. Sounds intense doesn't it? James Lawrence has trained for and completed several of these Ironman races but what he did in 2015 is completely unimaginable.
He completed fifty Ironman competitions consecutively in all fifty states. That's a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile run every single day for fifty days straight.
As I'm sitting in the audience listening to his story I am just in awe. He's got a slide show up on the screen and I'm pretty sure my mouth was open as I'm absorbing it all. He would do the race for 14 hours during the day and then drive at night to the next state. Also, his wife and five small children were in the car! What!? My mind is literally blowing up trying to comprehend how this was done. I mean we recently took a road trip to South Carolina (about 900 miles) with our two kids and I thought is was so excruciating, I could barely handle it. I can't even fathom how he did this.
James said when he first set out to do this he was met with skepticism. Everyone told him it can't be done. The logistics and the inevitable bad weather made it impossible.
But he made it possible. He did it, he actually did it!
Through the pain, through the exhaustion, he did it. He showed us a picture of what his feet looked like half way through. Everyone gasped. They were beat up, bloody, his toenails were falling off. Then there was the terrible weather conditions, bike failures, and that wasn't even the worst part. The worst part was he was so tired that he kept falling asleep! He feel asleep on is bike, fell off, and injured himself.
He talked about fear. Can you imagine how scary it must have been? Can you imagine the doubt that must have crept in. Can you imagine how much his body just wanted to stop, to rest, to sleep? James says that your mind will always give up far before your body ever will. It got me thinking how we allow fear control us in our own lives. What is fear anyway? We can't touch it, we can't see it, but we feel it. And we don't just feel, we are paralyzed by it. How do we get past paralyzing fear? James said it best when he said, "Feel the fear, and do it anyway."
Feel the fear. Do it anyway. - James "Iron Cowboy" Lawrence
So, I'm sitting there listening, mouth still open, and I'm thinking about all the things that I could be doing but I let fear paralyze me. Silly things, little things, like picking up the phone, or meeting new people. I can't I even justify such a silly little fear after hearing what this man did. He pushed his body and his mind to the furthest extents possible. It makes my daily excuses seem so ridiculous. How many times have I wallowed in my tiredness. "I do so much, I'm soo tired, feel sorry for me!" All of a sudden I felt so ridiculous. It applies to my family, my business, my workouts, everything.
"I can't do another lap, I'm tired."
"I can't make that phone call, I'm scared."
"I can't stay positive with my children, I'm exhausted!"
All these crazy excuses that keep us playing small, they keep us from being our best. What would happen if we felt the fear, felt the exhaustion, and did it anyway? Whatever that is for you, do it anyway. Excuses have a way of disguising themselves as real actual reasons why you can't do something. It is important to call them what they are, own your excuses, and don't let them own you.
If there is something that you want, a better body, better finances, better relationships, do it. Get after it. Each day you let go by is one less that you have left on this earth. Start investing in yourself, feed your mind everyday with the fuel that will propel you towards the direction you want to go. Feel the fear. Accept that fear is a part of living the life you really want and not just the one you let happen to you. The choice is yours to make everyday. Choose excellence now you will thank yourself later. Choose to do it anyway.
What's your biggest fear? What steps are you taking to move past it? I'd love to connect, shoot me an email or comment below.
To your excellence,