Recently, Natalie (who is on my SAO team) and I competed in two different teams in a Tough Mudder race. For those of you who don’t know, a Tough Mudder is a 10 mile race with 25 different obstacles all meant to test your physical and mental toughness. We scaled a 60 foot wall, ran through fire (yes, really), swung across a trapeze, climbed across monkey bars and rings, carried logs on our backs, and a whole lot more climbing, swimming, jumping, crawling and running.
It was challenging, exciting, inspiring and absolutely one of the toughest things I have ever done.
On our teams, we had exceptional people with unbelievable dedication — despite the obstacles and hurdles, both physical and mental. One of our teammates injured herself towards the start of the race, but mentally wasn’t ready to “give up.” Despite her physical limitations, she pushed through and completed the race through sheer determination. That’s 10 MILES plus 25 OBSTACLES that she powered through despite the plan. With mind over matter, she accomplished more than I would have if I’d been in her place.
Those are the kind of people I want to surround myself with; those are the kind of people who motivate and support you, and ultimately make you better. Take a look at your tribe. If they’re not pushing, inspiring and motivating you, start reevaluating your situation.
After the Tough Mudder, I was reminded of this quote: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right”.
What Henry Ford is talking about is self-talk. Thomas Blackwell’s podcast, Discover Your Talent is another great example. As Blackwell puts it, self-talk is how we speak to ourselves, and what we tell ourselves we’re capable of and not capable of. Even how we speak to others, like our children, has a profound impact on the way we speak to ourselves. Imagine if you have a child who is acting out and you tell them they’re a “trouble maker” — they may start to believe it themselves and fulfill the expectation.
The same can often happen between grown adults. When someone is excelling and going beyond what their peers are doing, there tends to be at least one person who tries to hold them back. Regardless of their motivation, those kinds of friendships and relationships are toxic and can keep us from achieving our own greatness.
Just like anyone else, I’ve had my own self-doubts, fear and uncertainty. When I was able to overcome those things, I was then able to achieve the ambitions and goals I never thought I was capable of.
I believe everyone has that same potential. Whether it leads you into real estate investing or a long-term church mission in the Philippines (or somewhere in between) is entirely up to you. You just have to know you are capable and then TAKE ACTION.
To take action, I challenge you to ask yourself what is your WHY? Why do you want financial freedom (if you do)? Once you know your why, you can start to align your actions, mindset, networks and energy towards achieving those goals.
Just remember, you don’t have to do everything alone. Find your people, build a network and get involved with others who, like you, are looking at a bigger picture and who will inspire you to achieve more.
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