Tomorrow I will take part in the Shine Night Walk Semi-Marathon in London.
I do it for many reasons, (take part in the fight over cancer obviously, because it is good exercise, because I can) but the main reason is to Remember. To remember that Nothing is Impossible!
A couple of years ago, I was in a very dark situation. I could not see a way out. It was endless. Everything seemed difficult, impossible… I felt hopeless and like all my choices were taken from me.
I realised at some point, that I needed to choose to do something for myself. Not something I had to do or that I was expected to. But something only for me!
Because I am also crazy, I decided that I wanted to move my body and that I needed a goal to look forward to.
Sooooo…. I enrolled myself for the Shine Night Walk Full Marathon. Of course, I did not train as much as I should have. I would walk on occasion and so on… But the baggage I was carrying around was too great, it seemed! I did not train nearly enough.
I was committed and I realised that it was important to me. People advised against the whole idea, it was dangerous, I had little to no training, I would hurt myself…
I ignored them all. I needed to do it. So two years ago, I made my way to the center of London on a saturday night and walked the full marathon.
It was brutal!
The first half went relatively easily and I remember thinking they were all wrong, it is not too bad at all.
But when I reached the two third mark, it was a very different story.
I hurt all over. I had no energy left. I was in the proverbial wall. But I could not give up. I kept putting a foot in front of the other. It was well past midnight. I made the mistake at some points to calculate how long I had to go for from that point and my heart sank. I had over 3 hours to go at my moving rate and I knew that I would only slow down. I kept going one step at the time. My feet became heavier and heavier…
Just under 8 hours after I started, I finished the walk. I collapsed. I had nothing left in me.
The feeling of pride was priceless. I could do anything, even the impossible.
I kept looking at the medal (yes they give you a medal no matter when you reach the end!) and thinking,
“Wow this was an amazing achievement. And I chose this one. This one is mine”
It gave me the sense that I still had a bit of control over my life. Not a lot, but I could still decide to walk 40 Km and do it, just because.
A few months later, I participated in my first Tony Robbins seminar. My situation had not improved. I attended because I was following his program to become a Coach and I had seen an ad in the paper. To say that I was not ready would be an understatement. If you have attended one of Robbins’ seminar, you know that it is intense, active and VERY long. I had no idea….
So when it was announced during the first hour that the culmination point for the day was “the Fire Walk” My first reaction was: “No WAY! This is crazy and impossible, I am not doing it!”
Famous last words…
After 12 hours I was in line for my fire walk, and then I realised:
“What else is impossible?”
It was such a paradigm shift.
What else did I think was impossible that actually was just my fears talking?
After 50 hours and 3 days later, I went on to make so many changes.
Over a year down the tracks, I am still asking myself that question:
What else is impossible?
It does not mean that I take inconsiderate risks, it is more that I question my thinking consciously.
My marriage is back on track, my children are all around me, my business is striving, I am doing what I LOVE to do but never dared to….
So tomorrow, I will walk the same Event, only the semi-Marathon with my two boys (I am not crazy thank you very much, Full Marathon? Been there, done That, got the T-Shirt!:-) and I will celebrate and remember the journey and wonder:
“What else is impossible in my life today?”
and question whether or not I need to walk a full marathon or walk on fire to get myself to move!!!!!
So my question to you is:
“What in your life feels impossible today? Is it really true? What action could you take today to change from impossible to YES, OF COURSE IT IS POSSIBLE!”
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