Sunday, July 22, 2012

Purposeful Dedication




I am in Lake Placid as I write this preparing to witness the Ironman Competition. Over 2000 athletes from all walks of life will compete in this 140 mile combination of swimming, biking and running a complete marathon to end.

It is punishing and grueling to a level that most would never understand. It is not for the faint of heart. Conditioning to the ultimate extreme is imperative.

I often talk - including last week's blog - about three critical steps one must take to make change in their life and career: Acceptance, commitment and giving oneself permission.

Our 39 year old son Greg, who is the CEO and Founder of chequed.com, is an example of acceptance, commitment and giving oneself permission.

He is a competitor in the Ironman, a mere two years after saying that he had enough. He wanted change. Greg was packing on a number of extra pounds, dealing with the stress of a start-up business at that time, and like his old man (me) medicated to the hilt for heart related ailments.

He said no more. It was a life-changing moment.

... He took the first step. He accepted that he must change or lead a stress-ridden, unhealthy life.

... He committed to this ultimate achievement - the Ironman - and worked his way through half-marathons, triathlons, grueling training to reach the starting line.

... He gave himself permission to succeed, sacrifice to make this possible and to change his life forever.

As this blog posts we will be T–minus 5 hours to the start of the Ironman (7:00 am Sunday). The contestants are ready and primed and only want to hear, as they cross the finish line:

Greg Moran - you are an Ironman!

We are so proud of Greg as always but in a very special way today. Win, loss, draw or what have you - he is an Ironman.

Okay - are you ready to take the first step to your life changing moment? Do you have the conviction? What are you waiting for – a dare? Okay - Dare You!

And thank you for reading this. - Dan
 

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