I did the Rich Roll Podcast this past week (not out yet, I’ll let you know).
We started the podcast with…
My story is proof we all have hidden skills, paths we never see, never take.
I wasn’t setting Summer Swim League records as a kid, I didn’t walk-on to the Stanford Swim Team. I thought I was an average athlete. Turned out, I was an Ultraman Champion.
Every single one of us has a skill, a path, that can dramatically improve our lives.
But we have to start.
That was followed by two-and-a-half hours of chatting!
To wrap up, Rich asked me to give him one last tip. I thought a bit and came up with…
Keep small promises to yourself.
Everything I’ve achieved comes from the credibility I’ve established with myself.
When I started my journey, I had no idea where it would take me.
My elite athletic career dates back to a single choice in 1993 (24 yo).
I was living in London and decided to go for a walk.
One walk led to two.
Soon I was bike commuting to work.
Eventually, I was hiking longer on the weekends.
Years later, I made the decision to do “something everyday.”
Many choices, many years.
Roll forward, ~30 years, I have two promises I’m working on:
- Try to help someone online via Twitter
- Give it my best shot to get back in outstanding aerobic shape
Both done daily, on a 1,000-day time horizon.
I have no destination in mind.
I’m going to do the work, pace myself, and see what happens.
#1 came from calling my bluff with some feelings of envy I had.
#2 came because my life is more enjoyable with superior aerobic fitness.
Where do you need to face your fears and go for it?
What one thing, if it happened, would change everything?
Start small, give it 1,000 days.