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Determination & Grit

I’ve been reading a book by David Goggins about how he overcame a rough start – a childhood of poverty, prejudice, and abuse, to accomplish things that I consider beyond amazing. His book, Can’t Hurt Me, is an easy read filled with stories of his own mental and physical battles and how he fought back. He pushed back, and through, his own negative self-talk and what to most of us would be physical limitations – broken bones, insane blisters, dehydration, excruciating pain.

He is a retired Navy SEAL, which, by itself, is an incredible feat. Part of his amazing story is that it took him three attempts to complete BUD/s. He never rang the bell (quit) but was sent home because of pneumonia and stress fractures.

To be honest, the military part is impressive, but what caught my attention about Goggins is that he has completed more than 60-ultra marathons – many of them requiring running more than 100 miles. He also regularly competes in triathlons and ultra-triathlons. He sets course records and regularly places in the top five.

I could get carried away sharing his accomplishments. The level of focus, grit, and determination that allows a man to push himself beyond what anyone would have expected is truly inspirational to me. If you don’t have time to read the book, check out a quick bio from the International Sports Hall of Fame -

It reminds me how much potential we all have. We have so many opportunities in front of us. We just need to grab hold of them.

Me? I’m still training for the Music City Triathlon in June. Following Goggins’ example, I’m going to push myself, tap into my mental grit, and work even harder.

Before I sign out, let me share a few quotes I have come across as I fill my mind with thoughts of focus and determination.

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” – Lou Holtz

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it.” – Michael Jordan

Make it a great week.


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