Eat Dirt

After a good burning, new always springs forth. (Image: Shawn Ward)

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever been challenged with? I mean something that when you were done going through the grinder, it changed you, you were not the same as you came out the other end? The suck zone.

It’s those moments feel like you just ate. We don’t have enough of them. True defining moments that help us align with our true passions. Align us to our true potential.

Every month I try to put myself in front of the train. Just something I know is going to run me over and all I can do is put myself in the path of it. I try. I just know my skill level and experience to this very point is truly not going to be enough. I keep going at it. I don’t give up even though I know I’m going to lose. I eat dirt. Hard.

Once it’s over, I’ve always walked away. I’ve always walked away with some learns. What not to do. What I can do better. Most importantly, I CAN DO MORE THAN I THOUGHT I COULD. New muscles are built and created. 30 days later I am in front of a new train. And each time, I’ve walked away bruised and battered, but better than I was previously.

When you do as many of the hard jobs as you can first, the easy jobs…well, they take care of themselves. It’s the hard jobs we remember because they challenge us to be a champion. They challenge us to push ourselves further. They engage the mind and the soul. The help us understand loss and how to be better the next time.

Burn the boats. Walk the space between no one has walked. Plan at least one giant goal that’s just beyond your reach once a month. I promise when you get to the end of 2018 and you look back, there will be 12 dirt pies you will remember you ate. Those dirt pies will be the best tasting pies you ever ate!

Last thought from Zig Ziglar:

When you do more than you’re paid for, eventually you’ll be paid for more than you do.

True story.

Have a great rest of the week and happy February 1st to you tomorrow. 11 more months of going after those 2018 goals! You got this!

✌🏻 Shawn

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