If Life Were Only a Treadmill

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I love running! My track shoes and a bottle of water and I am good...  Sometimes, I even skip the water (because I forget before I get started).  There is something pure (and refreshing) about the singular effort to stay alive as you push yourself through the treachery of an increasingly speedy pathway.  And if you think about it, there are really only two choices:

Stay on the treadmill regardless of the pain...  OR...  jump off the treadmill and admit defeat!

I like the fact that running is that simple -- stay with it and WIN or slow down and LOSE!  That's kind of how I run the rest of my life -- pushing the seams out on everything to test the limits of possibility.  Nothing is sacred!  Every goal exists to be broken!

It's a mindset that drives at fighting through limitations and testing the capabilities of being an "imperfect" human...  That's important because despite your genius, things go wrong.  Sometimes, things go horribly, frightfully wrong.

This month, my punch in the gut has been our sales performance.  Awful! Really -- I want to jump off a bridge somewhere.  It's that bad.  AND it's no else's fault but my own (WOW that's tough to write).  I have gone several days without sleep.  I have drunk energy drinks like water.  I have stood up while working.  In short, I forced myself into a dozen different mental games to squeeze out any additional enlightenment that is there for the taking -- and zippy luckaroo.

There are two things that I try to distinguish in my mind when I am in a situation like this.  There is no use to lie to yourself with false hope and no use to become overly morose because I've grown sales a bunch of times for a bunch of people and I always found a way to be successful (in a big way).  So what do I think about?  Here are the two things that I think take care to distinguish:

  • "belief" = the deep understanding that what I am doing right now is what I was "born to do"; that within me lies the raw ability, the proven experience, and an overwhelming purpose to execute the tasks that I have placed in front of me...
  • "passion" = the mental awareness that external circumstances can not weaken my engagement in my "belief"; that every element of my emotional energy and cognitive fight are channeled in the fight for the survival and championship of my "belief"...

If you take a "quiet" second to let this sink into your thoughts, you will see that "winning" is more than just bluster, spin, emotional highs, and ribbon winning.  It is a "determined-belief-system".  It's the fight that is quietly enraged...

If life were a treadmill, I would be happy to run along until my 45 minutes were up.  From where I sit, life is much more of a fight, and that's fine.  I'll leave the relaxing to my time on the "belt" tomorrow...

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