STIF:05 – The Fool’s Mile

Darrell and Megan venture out to the Foolproof brewery to experience one of the more…off-color…athletic events out there – a “beer mile”. Learn what a beer mile is, how it came to be a “thing”, and what it’s really to participate in one. Also… Learn why Darrell came frighteningly close to his first voluntary DNF. And in a shocking turn of events…Megan beats Darrell in a race! All this and more in episode 5!

 

 

You can learn more about Foolproof Brewing Company and the events they hold (both at and away from the brewery) at www.foolproofbrewing.com

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STIF:04 – Fun

Megan & Darrell recap the mid-August race weekend of Anchor Down Ultramarathon and the Falmouth Road Race. They talk about each race and the experience they each had at each. The conversation moves to comparing the big differences between the two experiences, they focus on the one BIG difference…and its what everything circles back around to…fun.

Is there a difference between “fun”, “enjoyment”, and “satisfaction”? Can they exist independently? Is it enough to keep you running (or working out period)? Let’s figure it out.

 

You can learn more about Anchor Down Ultramarathon at www.AnchorDownUltra.com, and check out www.RunTrueNorth.com to learn about their company and other events (including my favorite – Narragansett Summer Running Festival!).

 

You can find out more about the Falmouth Road Race at www.FalmouthRoadRace.com.

 

Find more of Darrell & So THIS Is Fitness at:

www.SoTHISIsFitness.com

 

www.Facebook.com/SoTHISIsFitness

 

and reach out! Podcast@SoTHISIsFitness.com

 

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Darrell & Megan talk about the big goals they’ve been working towards all year and what the final 3 months of training looks like. Delve into their training plans a bit and get some ideas for your own! It’s not as out of reach or silly as it might seem – we promise 🙂 All that, plus a lesson in…making the right call…

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Picking Your Truths

Maybe you have a goal that you’re totally psyched about — you’re inspired, super focused, and it’s on your mind all the time. That’s fantastic! It’s a satisfying and productive headspace to be in.

 

But, maybe that’s not the case for you right now. Maybe you’re at a low point, and, although you had this big goal (whether in sport, academia, career, [life] etc), you’ve gotten a little off track, made a few mistakes, or simply lost your drive. For whatever reason, you’re doubting yourself.

 

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Right now, you’re not sure if you can do that big scary thing you want to do.
This isn’t a fun place to be, and it can be hard to come out of.

 

But here’s the cool thing I’ve realized:
You get to pick your truths.

 

The other day, Dr. Jessica Grahn gave a presentation at Western about bias. There is bias all around us. These biases come from our surroundings and they perpetuate our own self doubt. Often, these biases/doubts are subconscious — they’re so ingrained in our psyche, that we don’t even realize that they’re guiding our thoughts and dictating our actions. For example: when I think of a successful person, the image that pops into my head is a well-groomed, well-dressed, white male. I’m not alone in this (just Google search images of ‘successful person’ and this will become clear), and it’s not a choice I’ve consciously made. Twenty-three years of living in the Western world have made this choice for me. That’s just one example.

 

A bias is based on something we perceive, so it is not false, but it’s also not necessarily true. Recognize this. We’re empowerful when we can recognize our own biases. When we recognize our biases, we can locate the origin our self doubts and see that these doubts are based on information that is neither true nor false (for example, even though I picture the aforementioned man as the figurehead of ‘success,’ it does not mean that I can’t be successful, and it does not mean that you, regardless of gender, race, knowledge, etc can’t be successful).

 

Then the best part: we get to pick what we want to be true (ie: I can be successful; I can be strong; I can be fast; I can be creative; I can be intelligent. Better yet: I am successful).

 

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Since nothing is truly true in this world (everything is coloured by perception), we pick our own truths. Often, we choose to go with the bias because it’s our knee-jerk reaction. But remember that there is always another option. We get to pick what we believe and which thoughts we nurture.


The thoughts we nurture and the stories we tell ourselves are the truest truths out there because they dictate whether or not we persevere; we have to choose which thoughts to nurture because those are the ones that will bloom. We have to be aware of our own biases so that we don’t limit ourselves (or others).

 

So if you’re doubting yourself, question your bias, and pick a new truth.
You are good enough.
You can do that thing you want to do.
You can be that thing you want to be.

 

 

Challenge: Notice negative self-talk and stop it in its tracks! Pick a new truth. Choose to believe that you can do that terrifying, exciting, wonderful thing. Perception is the only thing that’s stopping you. Change your lens. Welcome your fears, acknowledge their origin, embrace them… but then set them to the side, get excited, and dive into your new truth.

 

Why you aren’t any good.

There are only a few times that I would have the guts to tell someone they aren’t any good at something.  Today I am telling you why YOU aren’t any good.

I have a favorite quote (the origins are debatable and the original quote is much longer, and better, but this is the essence):

 

Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it nowTweet This

 

This quote is powerful because it makes no mention of the skill level needed to begin something.

It doesn’t talk about the connections you need to make it big in any endeavor.

There is nothing that says that if you are not any good at something, that you shouldn’t do it.

 What I hear…

 It says to start.  That’s it. Begin.  You will get better.  I like to think that the AOF Podcast has gotten better in the last two years.  I know that athletes (you) get better with focused training over time.  I have had people ask to be better runners who honestly couldn’t run 100 yards without stopping.  They started training, strengthening, working on form, they got better.

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I imagine myself doing something amazing every other day.  I see a movie or read a book and want to reach that level of perfection, or inspiration.  Most times, I never start what will make me that version of myself but every once in awhile when I do, things start to happen.  They are always good.

 

Quick example:  I had been contemplating organizing a membership and apparel line for this site.  I finally finished up the final touches, it took me 2 months, and in the same day had two calls that could make a huge difference in what AOF is all about.  There wasn’t a direct relationship besides the decision to act.

The takeaway, you aren’t any good…

So this is the harshest takeaway of all time.  You aren’t any good and here is why:

You aren’t any good only because you haven’t started.Tweet This

Now what?

  • Stop waiting until you feel perfect to start.
  • Stop worrying about what other people think about your dreams.
  • You want to run 100 miles? Start training.
  • You want to write a book?  Get a notebook and start writing.

For me, the biggest resistance is what people from my past will think of me.  I’m over that(mostly).  Bigger things are waiting and life is too short to not start now.

You aren’t any good right now, but that is just because you haven’t started. Dive in and see what you are capable of.  I promise there are people that aren’t supporting you that will get behind you 100 percent (I’ll help you find them).

 

Start now.  Crazy things will happen that never would have because they couldn’t.   Here is the rest of the quote.

 

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”

 

So, what are you wanting to start?
I would love to help anyway I can.

Is it entreprenerial, physical, in the arts?  If you tell me yours I’ll tell you things I want to start.  Shoot me an email (scott@athleteonfire.com)


Host: Scott Jones

Host: Scott Jones

 Scott Jones started Athlete On Fire two years ago.  He had never done anything in the world of audio, training online, blogging, or just about anything that it has taken to get this thing up and running. Read more articles below.

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Your Independence Day

Your Independence Day

This is going to take you less than 5 minutes to read.  It’s not a roadmap, it’s a thought provoker. Think of how to address these concepts to your personal, business, and athletic life.

After this weekend of Independence in the USA.  Let’s claim our independence from the things holding us back from greatness.  Rarely would be great in one thing without some carry over. So, overall greatness as well as athletic greatness.  Sport, athletics, competition are THE greatest metaphor for life as it is so let’s break free.  As the young United States broke free from the British, so too shall you from these that hold you down.  Luckily, you are the one holding yourself back.  Start with these 4 today.

 

1. SNOOZE:

Free yourself from the bed:  The snooze button is worthless.  It says to get ready to wake up by training you to lay around.  It is like giving an overweight person in line for weight loss pill a candy bar to pass the time.  Holy hell that makes no sense.  If you can’t seem to break free from the spell of the SNOOZE button, you need a plan.  Try these:

  • Have a plan before you go to sleep. What is the first thing you will do when you wake up?  If you know before the alarm goes off what to do then you can pop up and get to it.  Try popping out of bed and doing 50 pushups!
  • Think of someone important to you that can’t live your life.  Be grateful and honor those who can’t by attacking every gift of a day.  The grateful start the day quickly.
  • Don’t hit the snooze button, EVER.  Train yourself out of it.  What you want to do HAS to be more important and more rewarding than laying there.
  • Okay, you are tired, we get it.  Who isn’t tired waking up to an unatural sound? Get to bed earlier.  No caffeine after 3 pm. No alcohol right before bed. Hydrate. Get to sleep at a consistent time.

 

2.  The EXCUSE:

Free yourself from excuses, justifications, reasons, and whatevers.  They all are lame yet we all do it from time to time.  It’s time to change. Find friends that will hold you accountable.  Break free from the blame of why you didn’t run fast enough, make enough, do enough.  It’s only stressing you out and holding you back.  Try to notice when you are making excuses.  It’s a pattern that can be broken if you are open to it.  My wife and I call each other on excuses.  It’s hard and it’s personal and sometimes painful and we are both becoming better every day because of the honesty of it all. You can too!

 

3.  STIMULATION:

Free yourself from artificial stimulation. This one is tough.  Successful athletes, musicians, and business people are successful many times because they are willing to focus on the minutiae every, single, day.  Running 5 miles a day or sitting and writing for 3 hours a day.  It can get boring.  The results are never boring though.  Faster times.  More followers. More money. It all adds up.  You don’t have to have some crazy stimulus to make it through though.  I used to think I needed coffee, or food to get through certain things.  Do you eat when you need to be working?  Do you use your time to find ways to making something more exciting instead of more productive?  Find out when you are doing things primarily for stimulation instead of being productive.

 

4. NEGATIVE INFLUENCERS:

Free yourself from negativity.

It’s time to break free from people that don’t want you to be free.

The snarky comment everytime you go for a run, eat healthy, don’t go out and party.  They aren’t pressuring you because they really want you to do those things, they are pressuring you because they aren’t doing them, and your discipline and success bothers them.

You know this situation with friends and family.  You have to communicate your goals to others and if they aren’t willing to be supportive, it’s time for minimal to no interaction.  With friends, cut them out or redefine what being a friend means to you.  They might not be a true friend.  Family is important to us so cutting family out wouldn’t be an option but being in situations where these things rarely come up is doable.  Start building a team of positive people in your life.  It’s too short to always be apologizing for the greatness you are striving for.

 

So there are four things you can break free from to get closer to greatness.  The best time to start, for everything, is always NOW!

 

24 Things To Help You Reach Big Goals

24 Things You Must Understand to Reach Any Big Goal


by: Ian Warner | coverground.co

 

We all have goals, whether we write them down or just set them in our minds we have places we always see ourselves being better tomorrow than we are today. These are the goals that we do not go a day without thinking about. I have learned throughout my journey that there are some key principles that you need to understand to find a successful moment. I really wished someone had told me some of these things early in life, so I figured it was my duty to pass it on.

1. Wanting to Quit is a Good Thing

  • When you want to quit you are usually closest to succeeding
  • If a goal is easy to reach you will never want to quit but you will never actually challenge yourself
  • Wanting to quit is the test to your will power

 

2. Patience + Hard Work is the Combo

  • If you work hard everyday and know that everything great takes time, you will make it in a big way
  • The two traits are weak without each other but are powerful together
  • Hard work with no patience will last a week
  • Patience with no hard work is just a dream

 

3. Sometimes You Hit the Jack Pot Most Times You Don’t

  • In “Athlete CEO” we explain some of the rough failures we have had and the lessons that go with them
  • Not doing as well as you expected is not a reason to quit or never try again
  • Not doing well is a reason to learn and get better

 

4. It looks a lot Easier on the Outside

  • I think people can underestimate just how much work it actually takes to accomplish anything great
  • Before I could ever complete my first book “Endure” I had to write over 500 articles on Cover Ground to learn how to write in a way that an audience would love.
  • Any dream you have you must understand that it is not as easy as it looks… IT TAKES WORK

 

5. Communication Can’t Break Down

  • Communication is key for everything
  • In any relationship- coach, friend, business partner it does not matter
  • When communication breaks down failure precedes it

 

6. Embrace Failure

  • When you do fail don’t cry about it or act like the world is over
  • Learn from it and don’t make the mistake again

 

7. The Passion must be there

  • Anything you are passionate about you will fight through failure for
  • Find the things that you LOVE in life and do them often

 

8. Love People

  • Enjoy other people as much as you can
  • When you are surrounded by people who love you and you have the same love in return it adds to your life

 

9. Help People

  • Even when you don’t want to help others
  • Nothing in the world matches how you make people feel when you help them succeed
  • Helping people just changes lives

 

10. Live for Things Bigger Than Your Own Selfish Desires

  • We all have our own selfish ways
  • We all also have something inside us that drives us to help others
  • When life is bigger than ourselves its easier to press on

 

11. Expect Nothing in Return

  • The biggest mistake we make when trying to help others is expecting them to help back
  • Expect nothing in return so if you do get something it seems that much sweeter

 

12. Know that The World is Still a Good Place

  • Bad things happen all the time but so do A LOT of good things
  • See the Positive in the world
  • The negative is most often brought to light so try and avoid it

 

13. Money is Not Everything

  • Being broke is not fun but money will not answer everything
  • If more money is the only goal you have it will not last

 

14. You Have to Learn to be Satisfied and Hungry At the Same time

  • Do not be greedy because you must be thankful for everything you do have
  • Do not be satisfied because you will settle and it will get taken from you
  • Be thankful but always be working to get better at the same time

 

15. You need to be Confused and Lost Sometimes

  • Confusion just means that you are doing things you have never experienced before
  • This is when we grow the most
  • Nothing helps us grow than finding ourselves when we grow

 

16. You Have to Get Good at Avoiding Distractions

  • When you are not distracted you’re focused
  • If you are focused you are getting things done
  • If you are getting things done you are getting closer to your goals

 

17. People are going to HATE You

  • It sucks but you just have to deal with it because the more fans you attract the more haters you will also attract

 

18. Practice, Practice, Practice

  • How else do you plan on getting better?
  • Perfect practice makes perfect

 

19. You Have to Be Broken Before You Can Be Built

  • Things simply have to get bad before they can be awesome
  • There is something refreshing about hitting rock bottom, the only place you can go is up

 

20. You Cant Please the World

  • Trying to please everyone is a horrible idea
  • Some people will never approve of what you do

 

21. Success is Elusive

  • You think you know success and then you get it and find out you want more
  • Know when it is time to celebrate a milestone or else you will always feel like a failure

 

22. Your Image is Very Important

  • Treat it like GOLD
  • It is all you have at the end of the day
  • Be a person of outstanding character

 

23. Embrace Social Media

  • Social media can be awesome if you use it right
  • Use it to protect and sustain your image
    Use social media to propel you closer to your dreams

 

24. Procrastination is Not a Great Idea

  • Do it now because tomorrow is not a promise
  • The worst word you can ever believe in is tomorrow

 


If you understand these 24 things well and apply this to your life on a daily basis, you will reach your goals quicker and more often. I challenge you to choose 5 things from this list that you have been struggling with an for 30 days straight make it a part of who you are.


Connect with the Author, Ian Warner:

2012 Olympian
Website – Cover Ground 
Twitter- @CoverGround