Thinking Magically™ | Of Course, You’re In It For The Long Haul

The marathon is a charismatic event.
It has everything. It has drama. It has competition. It has camaraderie. It has heroism.
Every jogger can’t dream of being an Olympic champion, but he can dream of finishing a marathon.

                                                                                                                                                – Fred Lebow

Many of you know that I’m in training for the Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon coming up in San Diego. I didn’t sign up for the half-marathon. I didn’t sign up for the relay. And I certainly didn’t choose to just go down and be a spectator while my wife participated. I know some of you would be happy with any of those alternatives. But, in most things I do, I want more than that. That’s not to criticize your personal goals. I want nothing more for you than for you to accomplish precisely what you believe will serve you best. It’s just I’m not content with doing less than giving it my all.

What is they say in Poker? “Go Big or Go Home.”

A marathon is a long-distance event. It’s a 26.2 mile course. Did I mention it’s a LONG event? You don’t just wake up one day and say, “I think I’ll run a marathon today,” and go out and do 26.2 miles. You don’t even give yourself a week to get ready. No. You train for the long haul. Because if you don’t train – if you don’t condition yourself – you’re going to get hurt. Doing a marathon is lot like doing life. Doing a marathon is lot like Thinking Magically!

To achieve your long term goals, it takes –

1.  Incredible discipline
2.  Amazing planning
3.  An unwavering belief in yourself
4.  Intense dedication to the end goal
5.  And even a little risk taking

Let me put it another way. Do any of these sound familiar?

Life challenge: You gave yourself the best goal possible. You even made a resolution to make it happen. You stayed the course for the first day or two, then you made some excuses and gave up.

Explanation: You didn’t prepare and train.

Life challenge: You started out on the way to your goal and Life pushed back and you gave up.

Explanation: You didn’t prepare and train.

Life challenge: You made phenomenal progress towards achieving your definite major purpose, then you got distracted by something or someone else, and you never got back on course.

Explanation: You didn’t prepare and train.

Life challenge: Someone told you that “You aren’t good enough” or “You can’t do that” or “That’s not possible.”  And – on the inside – you believed them. And you gave up.

Explanation: You didn’t prepare and train.

There is also that part of a marathon when you “Hit The Wall.” It’s that part of the event when you seem overcome by a loss of strength or energy. You are weary of it all. You just want to stop. You might have become bored. Yes, a marathon is a lot like life. Hitting the Wall can suck the vitality out of you, can’t it?

Let me let you in on a little secret: Magicians don’t walk through walls. Magicians remove the walls that others think they see. Magicians let others have their illusions while, at the same time, doing whatever is necessary to make the end result happen.

If you ever find yourself hitting or about to hit “The Wall,” that is the perfect time to stay focused. Start examining what is happening both inside and outside. Have you been pacing yourself correctly? Have you been giving yourself nourishment? Do you need to change your course slightly? Many times we “Hit the Wall” because we have let distractions take over.

The next time you believe that you’ve encountered a “wall” whether you’re in a marathon or on the way to your dream, give yourself a magical mantra to use. Here are some phrases to inspire you and that you might want to adopt and adapt:

A hero is one who knows how to hold on one minute longer.” – Novalis

All walls have doors.” – Unknown

This is what you came for.” – Scott Jurek

All I smell is my personal best.” – lululemon

You’re tougher than the rest.” – Sarah Reinertsen

Every mile is a good mile.” – Unknown

Think Strong. Be Strong. Finish Strong.”  Renee Metivier Baillie

Be like water.” – Bruce Lee

Nothing is impossible.” – Audrey Hepburn

It’s hard to beat a person that never gives up.” – Babe Ruth

Yes, a marathon is a lot like Life. It’s a lot like magic. You will have fortunate days. You will have crabby days. You will be happy and you will be sad. You might be slow moving. You might be fast. You might run a little or walk a little here and there. But just like all those who succeed . . . all you really have to do is keep putting one foot in front of the other.

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