Finding Your True Strength

Beer Belly Beer Gone Graeme Kelly 10KMFirst up the boys and I would like to congratulate our Team3BG member, Graeme Kelly, for finishing his 10 Km race this Sunday in under an hour!!! A true accomplishment.

Graeme, what beer did you reward yourself with?

Keep the momentum going- ask yourself what’s next? Another 10 Km, a half marathon, Everest?

Like Graeme, I too crossed the finish line with regards to a personal accomplishment. And now, a moment to breathe easy- well sort of…

I arrived home after spending three amazing weeks in the Vancouver sun. Vancity completely redeemed itself this time around after giving me a measly 2 days of sun during my previous 5 weeks there. The trip saw many highlights including my cousin getting married, my dad climbing the grouse grind with us (66yrs young), and me completing my MBA dissertation. The latter happened three days ago and I think waking up this morning I’m finally caught up from lack of sleep.

Honestly, I was a little surprised that I finished with all the distractions of the summer. There were times during the process where I didn’t think I could do it. Particularly when my Macbook and entire years research was stolen from my car while helping out at the Mike Fisher Charity Hockey Camp in Ottawa. To make matters worse I found out my external hard drive (or I) had not been backing up my work and thoughts about quitting my MBA started to drift into my head.

With the deadline fast approaching it was hard to see myself making up for lost time and finishing but I had to at least try. I borrowed a buddy’s computer and went to town. It’s funny, I can not remember ever having a set back of this magnitude before and my mind kept playing games on me. Frustration started to set in as for the life of me, I could not remember all that I had done and what I had written. This is exactly what we see with guys we help coach and inspire to workout again. When someone first starts exercising they tend to beat themselves down and confidence is at an all time low due to the disappointment of where they are starting from.

With frustration levels at an all time high my mom recommended I take a step back from the paper, clear my head and take it out on the old punching bag we have in the basement. Ironic because she hates the idea of me fighting on the ice but man, did this ever help. Three rounds later and sweat rolling down my forehead, my focus was back and I was ready to tackle the mountain that lay ahead.

I used the punching bag a couple of times when I was close to my boiling point but it was exercise and other workouts I did throughout the re-write that managed my stress and got the ideas flowing. Through exercise and movement I was able to develop new concepts and philosophies. I re-wrote the entire paper making it better than before in record time.

SOMETIMES IT TAKES GOING THROUGH SOMETHING TOUGH TO FIND YOUR TRUE STRENGTH

There is nothing better than the feeling of accomplishment. You set a goal and no matter what gets in your way- you achieve it. It gives you a feeling of confidence. A sense of knowing there isn’t anything you can’t take on. And you know what? It’s contagious.

Besides catching up on sleep, over the last two days I’ve taken time to reflect and enjoy the weight lifted off my shoulders but I haven’t stopped. I’m on to my next goal- training camp is three weeks away.

Go after it,

Jon

“Time to contemplate, time to listen to the learning, is crucial to the change process.” — Seven Days at the Links of Utopia

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