“One thing I’ve learned is that there’s always a way to get to the other side of the mountain. Sometimes you have to go up and over, and other times you have to take the long way around. Once in a while, you have to tunnel right through the sucker, but there’s always a way.”
– James Lawrence, Redefine Impossible. 50 Ironman Triathlons, 50 States, 50 Days.
I’ve been totally locked into the above autobiography of James Lawrence’s battle to redefine impossible with his achievement of the 50/50/50. I actually had the opportunity to run with him for a 5k he did at Whirlpool in St. Joseph, MI during this work so it’s extra special to me. If you have the time, check him out and do some research on his accomplishment. He’s a Guinness Book record holder. He continues to constantly redefine what he’s capable of. He’s shown others around him by role modeling what it takes to redefine impossible. He’s an inspiration for me.
The quote is something that I keep close and reminder myself of when things look like they are impossible. Are they really? Or, is my defensive brain tricking me to think it is? I believe there is no mountain that can be so vast and big that it’s not conquerable. When it does look that way, I’ll “drill right through that sucker.” I align to Jame’s ideology that there is always a way. Always.
It’s a reminder also that we have to look at our impossible from every angle. The first, second, and yes third angles need to be validated before we allow ourselves to start the work. Being honest with ourselves that there might not be a simple path to achieving great. It will be hard work and we’re going to have to take the least likely path to get there. It may well be very unorthodox as a method, but there is a path.
Lastly, to not give up. Ever. Just when you think there’s no way, hanging in there just a bit longer, and understanding that the answer is right there a little our of our current reach. We just need to practice patience and perseverance to reach it. But, believe it is there, it is possible. We don’t always hang around long enough to find out. We’ve been spoiled by immediate gratification that our human advancements have given us that we forget how hard we have to look or work to get something really huge we want.
Glad to be back from vacation. I did a lot of detoxing and a lot of reading. A lot of learning. I look forward to the next few months of sharing I have on deck for you. Always, thank you for hanging in there and viewing what I have to share. Hope you’re having a great week.