The mind is the most powerful thing you have. It gives you the ability to do anything, achieve anything, dream anything. I want to share with you a experience I had at 7 this morning with my mind.
Out workout this morning consistent of the 1200 challenge. Start with 1,000 meter row, 100 heavy (really heavy) rope jumps, and 100 sphinx push ups….in 7 minutes. I hit the rowing machine armed with my knee brace and sore back from yesterday, and mashed out 1k with 3:45 left to spare. I grabbed the jump rope, and hopped my way to 50, stopped at 60, stopped at 70, stopped at 80, almost threw up at 90, and threw the rope down at 100. Then to the hardest part, the sphinx pushups. If you don’t know what a sphinx push up is, its basically a push up on a bosu ball in which you put one forearm down at a time, and then lift yourself up one arm at a time.
20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 85. I hit the wall. With 17 seconds left, I checked the clock, couldn’t see straight, and was ready to give up. Then I looked at the chain my girlfriend got me and the little pendant that says “heart” on it (the one word that truly defines me) smacked me in the mouth because of the pendulum effect.
I finished with 1 second left to spare…flipped over on my back. Closed my eyes, and in a second, the next exercise set started. I had nothing in me, but I kept pushing and made it eventually to the bench press. Here is where I went to my mind for inspiration, help, whatever I could find. I started off with 185lbs for 10 reps. Threw on another 30 lbs for 215 @ 10 reps. Threw on another 30 lbs for 245 @ 8 reps. And lastly, threw on another 20lbs for 265 @ 7 reps. I kept telling myself, be a champion, be a champion, be a champion. The pain does not matter, the end result is what matters.
I finished the whole workout by hitting the bike and visualizing that I was riding at Norseman, the toughest IronMan there is, in Norway. I closed my eyes, saw myself riding up the long windy roads into the hills, and biked my heart out for 7 minutes. I got off the bike, ready to throw up and pass out. I regained my composure, and smiled.
What did I learn about myself today? I learned that all the power you need is in your mind. Never for an instant believe that you can’t do something. You can always do it. If you set your mind to it, your body will find a way to make it happen. There is nothing standing in your way but yourself. I could have let myself say “Evan, you have done enough.” But enough is like death for me. I will never try to be good enough. I will always be searching for my path of greatness. There are little things that I can do each day to make myself better. This morning, was a prime example. That workout will stay with me the next time I need to really push myself in the gym. I continue to look up…that is why my ceilings one day will be decorated.
I wanted to give a shootout to everyone who is posting here and telling me what is going on in their lives. This is exactly what I am trying to do. I think together we can build an amazing community of people who backs each other up at all times and is there for one another. There is no doubt in my mind that I have some of the coolest people commenting on my posts. What I truly get from your comments is insight into other people’s lives and what inspires and motivates them every day. So, I am going to do something special. The first 10 people who leave a comment here ( a meaningful and deep comment :D) of why they love this project and what they are getting from it are going to get a free and totally personalized Churchill Vision from me. These things take hours and hours to make and I will definitely get into contact with you about the product and what everything is about. So, ready, set, go!
Thank you again,
Go out today and absolutely show the world what you are made of. And as Winston Churchill would say,
Never, never, never give in