Chip Away Like A Sculptor

Like a sculptor, chip away.

A sculptor doesn’t create a masterpiece overnight.

A sculptor starts with an idea and inspiration.

Then a sculptors acts on it.

A sculptor shows up.

A sculptor chips away.

A sculptor shows up day after day and chips away.

Eventually the sculptor has a finished product – a work of art.

So whatever you’re aiming for, be like a sculptor.

Show up and chip away.

Believe, Show Up, Never Give Up

I’m working toward running 95 miles this week.

I’m 40 miles in through the first three days.

That’s a lot of running.

When we think about a big task, goal, or project, it can be overwhelming.

When we break it down into smaller chunks it becomes more manageable.

It’s still hard.

It’s still a lot of time and work.

But it’s more reasonable than doing it all at once.

Focus on one week at a time.

Focus on one day at a time.

Focus on what you can do today to make progress and get closer to the finish line.

Take one run at a time.

Take one step at a time.

Just do one thing at a time and slowly but surely you’ll get there.

Some things in life are a long, hard grind.

Stop thinking about it.

Stop making excuses.

Just get up and just do it.

Chip away day after day.

You can do it.

As for me, shortly I’ll be going outside to run 10 more miles.

And remember, anything is possible when we believe, show up every day, and never give up.

Your energy doesn’t lie. You can’t fake passion.

When you love what you do people can feel it.

They can hear it in your voice.

They can see it on your face.

They can see it in the way you walk, talk, and carry yourself.

Your energy doesn’t lie.

You can’t fake passion.

Do what you love.

Life Is Part Offense and Part Defense

Life is part offense and part defense.

Spend time trying to prevent bad things from happening.

Spend time trying to make good things happen.

We’ve all heard things like:

Defense wins championships.

The best offense is a good defense.

The best defense is a good offense.

If they don’t have the ball, they can’t score.

If you don’t score, you can’t win.

All of these things have merit.

Play both offense and defense.

Play with confidence.

Play aggressively.

Take chances on both sides of the ball.

Play to win rather than not to lose.

We need both offense and defense.

It’s hard to win with one and not the other.

I was afraid to make mistakes.

I was afraid to make mistakes.

By the end of my high school baseball career, I swung not to strike out rather than to get a hit.

With my running, I was training not to get injured rather than to see how fast I could run.

I was playing not to lose rather than to win.

I was more focused on trying to not let anything bad happen than trying to make something good happen.

I was playing defense not offense.

I was dodging failure and trying to prevent it.

That’s fear-based thinking and a fear-based attitude.

I stopped myself from achieving greater.

Start taking big cuts.

Stop running from something.

Start running to something.

Start running fast.

Do something that scares you.

Be aggressive.

Play offense.

Stop holding yourself back.

Get out of your own way.

Give yourself a chance to succeed.

Let yourself shine.

Let yourself be great.

And remember, whether you play it safe or take chances, there’s still a chance you strike out.

If I’m going down, I’m going down swinging for the fences.

Play to win.

Play to be great.

Running A Marathon Is Hard

Running a marathon is hard.

That’s why I want to do it.

My recent 5K times and half marathon time suggest I can run a faster marathon than I have.

Maybe I’m better at shorter races.

Maybe my body is built for shorter distances.

Maybe my legs have to get stronger.

Maybe I’m trying to find a way to explain it.

Maybe I’m trying justify my shortcomings.

Maybe I’m making excuses.

Maybe I’m being soft.

Maybe I’m being mentally weak.

I’ve underperformed and underachieved in the marathon.

I’ve yet to run to my potential.

The marathon is hard.

That’s why I’m doing it.

I’m going to prove to myself that I can.

I’m going to prove that I am hard and can do something hard.

I’m going to prove I’m mentally and physically tough.

And I’m not going to stop until I do it.

Do the Thing That Scares You

Fear stops us from doing what we’re capable of doing.

Fear stops us from achieving what we’re capable of achieving.

Fear stops us from living the life we’re capable of living.

Fear stops us from trying.

We’re afraid to get hurt.

We’re afraid to fail.

Be brave.

Choose to face our fears.

Choose to do the things that scare us.

“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”

Everything we want is on the other side of fear.

It’s all in your head.

The limit is in your mind.

When you don’t think you can possibly work any harder, work harder.

When you don’t think you can possibly do any more, do more.

When you don’t think you can possibly go any bigger, go bigger.

When you don’t know if you can possibly get any better, you can get better.

It’s all in your head.

Still Blessed

There may be people more blessed than us.

That doesn’t make us any less blessed.

That doesn’t diminish our blessings.

Good

Be a good person and do good deeds.

Create goodwill and good karma.

Good things will happen.