Posted on August 23, 2015
“Bruce had me up to three miles a day, really at a good pace. We’d run the three miles in twenty-one or twenty-two minutes. Just under eight minutes a mile [Note: when running on his own in 1968, Lee would get his time down to six-and-a half minutes per mile]. So this morning he said to me “We’re going to go five.” I said, “Bruce, I can’t go five. I’m a helluva lot older than you are, and I can’t do five.” He said, “When we get to three, we’ll shift gears and it’s only two more and you’ll do it.” I said “Okay, hell, I’ll go for it.” So we get to three, we go into the fourth mile and I’m okay for three or four minutes, and then I really begin to give out. I’m tired, my heart’s pounding, I can’t go any more and so I say to him, “Bruce if I run any more,” —and we’re still running-“if I run any more I’m liable to have a heart attack and die.” He said, “Then die.” It made me so mad that I went the full five miles. Afterward I went to the shower and then I wanted to talk to him about it. I said, you know, “Why did you say that?” He said, “Because you might as well be dead. Seriously, if you always put limits on what you can do, physical or anything else, it’ll spread over into the rest of your life. It’ll spread into your work, into your morality, into your entire being. There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level.” – Story about training with Bruce Lee
The answers have been there for a while now. These aren’t answers in terms of final answers, but ones that came in regards to next steps. I’ve heard a few callings as of this past year, but these ones go way back to a couple of years ago. What it really comes down to is this – no matter how much I tried to pass off some of the events that occurred a couple of years back, I can’t. What came out of those events significantly and permanently altered the course of my life. While I started moving in the direction I was shown, I wasn’t moving that fast. There was still a lot of doubt and wonder…all of which is completely fine…but the end result was calling for a deep commitment to running on faith.
That’s really hard to do at times when you’ve been programmed your entire life to work in different ways.
Faith doesn’t have a specific ROI, or a business plan, or include 10 pages of excel spreadsheets to explain the process of what is about to happen. Faith may help you create those things out of whatever comes your way idea wise…but the primary driver stands on its own.
These callings are the biggest ones and that’s why I have struggled so much to really answer them. If I’m going to go back up to the story above with Bruce Lee…these callings are plateau busters and will take me to the level that I need to be. I can’t stay here any longer. I have that deep internal pressure to make the changes that I know I’ve needed to make for some time now.
It’s not about falling into complacency – honestly that’s the last thing that’s going on in my life at this moment. It’s about taking the final last step that needs to be taken to complete what has been asked of me. It’s about the final part of the answer to my question “How can I serve the world?” I guess, for a while now, I’ve put the pen down and finished the sentence where it was…instead of how it could have been…just the way it was asking to be written down.
We all have that power – to stop short.
We possess the ability to only put so much out there and fall into the world of good enough because it stands up to the standards of others – or even to the comfortable standards we have for ourselves. But this place of comforts never been known to be a place that produces incredible things.
I want to create incredible things. Things that knock peoples socks off. Things that change peoples lives for the better. Things that help heal and contribute to the mission of those who are willing to chase their dreams. I want to help, not take.
These callings are, like I said, the most profound things that have ever shown up in my life. They instantaneously changed everything all at once. They didn’t just show up and ask to be seen…they demanded to be understood and acted upon. As time has gone on, not one has diminished in strength of purpose.
Time to force myself out of my comfort zone.
Time to answer.
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