In a culture where instant gratification is the norm, the Ironman journey proves to be a viable test of my overindulged, “I want it now”, impatient inner child! America, we are spoiled brats living life pursuing all things important with a belief that instant, convenient, faster, quicker, easier and bigger is more superior. This communal mindset is a polluted perspective that leads individuals down the path of instant frustration. Do you live your life focused on the finish line or do you enjoy the precious place you stand today in the process toward your goals? Be patient, the universe is organizing around your small, accumulative, compounding habits on the road toward your biggest dreams.
On Saturday, May 14th I will participate in Texas Ironman with a distinctive group of passionate people searching for an experience that signifies the very opposite of instant gratification. In life we often think of the EVENT rather than appreciate the staying power of the endurance process. Ironman people are obsessed with and understand the power of planting a seed, nurturing the seed and working tirelessly, passionately, and patiently toward a supersized goal. For many, the process is a 6 month long physical, mental and spiritual learning journey in preparation of the big day.
All things worthy of achievement happen with dedication, commitment, perseverance, and intestinal fortitude for the learning process. Do you live life for the BIG EVENT neglecting the beauty of the process? William Simmons, Author of The Event: Driven Life, inspires my belief that life is a series of events, good and bad, which form and change the direction we take. As a decorated Marine Officer and cancer survivor, William pronounces,
“Success is a function of habit and if you put in the work you will reap the reward”. This is true of the Human Interest Ironman.
I often say, “Anyone can do an Ironman”. The truth is most people couldn’t do an Ironman because they are not willing to make the sacrifices required to cross the finish line. Most people are not willing to create a life of habits that bring them closer to their deepest desires. Are you guilty of the “I want it now mentality” that is crippling you from experiencing life’s greatest pleasures? Ironman for me is a reminder that anything is possible IF you are willing to do the work. America, anything worth having in life comes at the price of walking through the difficult and rewarding path to achieve your goals.
My friend William states, “If you are alive, make sure you are living. Tomorrow is not promised but today is an opportunity to live.” When I push my body to the next level there is no better way to feel ALIVE than competing in Ironman. The Ironman Event is a harsh and gentle reminder that to live the life I desire, I must match my habits with my goals. To me, Ironman is simply a metaphor for life.
Be intentional. Be passionate. Have a goal. Pursue it with unwavering passion. Know that you will not cross the finish line in a hot minute.
Life is not a drive through. Life is not a race. Life is an endurance sport comprised of events that mold you and determine your destination.
As Williams says, “the choice is yours, so take control of the wheel and drive toward your desired direction”.
“Everything you dream of in life is on the other side of fear” What are you afraid of?