November 7th is the date. It has been staring at me straight in the eyes for over 9 months. It has been slowly creeping forward. Now I am within a month of having to face it. I am within a month of having the opportunity to conquer it. I am within a month of facing an epic challenge. The past 9 months have been filled with moments of great accomplishment and exhilaration. The past 9 months have been filled with countless times where my mind and body were screaming “NO”, but my heart and the looming date in front of me motivated me to keep moving forward. There have been many times where my bed tried to hold me captive, yet I was able to escape. There have been many times where the DB levels of the voices in my head became deafening. There have been many times where other distractions, really appealing distractions, – unceasingly tried to get in the way.
I have kept moving forward. I have kept my eyes focused on the goal. I have kept my commitment held tightly within the grasp of my hands. The resolve within my heart has only deepened and the journey has only become more life impacting.
November 7th represents a lot of things for me, personally. It represents overcoming a personal tragedy that completely turned my world upside down. November 7th represents accomplishing something that only a small percentage of all people will even consider attempting. November 7th represents a series of personal goals that I have set for my life. November 7th does not represent the destination, but a brief stop on the journey.
What in your life do you need to overcome? What in your life do you need to solve? What in your life have you been ignoring, sticking your head in the sand, wishing that you didn’t have to confront it? What in your life controls you and you have to take the control back? We all have those areas. We all have those pieces. The question is: What are you going to do about it? My encouragement for you . . .overcome it. Step one: Set a date. Could be tomorrow or it could be a week or 9 months from now. It doesn’t matter. Set a date. Commit to it and then put into action steps to overcome. One of the first steps that I did was I shared my date with my wife and core group of friends that I knew would encourage me and hold me accountable. I then put a simple action plan into place that has helped me to take steps closer.
Today is your day. It’s your day to take a hold of what you have let go in your life. It is your day, to lead the most important person you have the opportunity to lead. You!
(You might be wondering what is happening on November 7th. I will be racing in the Silverman 70.3 Ironman triathlon. If you are not familiar with triathlons, 70.3 represents a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and 13.1 mile run. This will be my second Ironman 70.3 race this year.)