02 May It only looks like I’m dying in this photo because I am.
A few days ago I ran the Nashville half marathon.
My wife Jenny took this photo above the crowd 100 yards before I crossed the finish line.
Although I look graceful and full of life, as if you took the wind-like sounds Yanni makes with his piano and transformed them into a human, I was dying inside. Here are the thoughts that went through my head during the last two miles:
1. I hate running so much.
2. Why would anyone ever do this on purpose? Running is for escaping not enjoying.
3. Even while running I can’t help but alliterate.
4. I wish I never signed up for this stupid thing. I paid money for this experience.
5. That sign with Steve Harvey’s face at mile 2 that said, “You only have 1 mile left!” was funny. I see what you did there sign guy.
6. Jogging by people who are calmly drinking coffee while cheering me on kind of makes me want to punch them in the face because I wish I was calmly drinking coffee instead of doing this stupid thing.
7. I have “mouthy knees.” That’s a great name for a punk band, but I wish they would stop talking to me while I was running. I know, you’re sore. I know you’re tired. Shut up.
8. I’m probably going to run out of Eminem songs before I finish.
9. If I was taller this would be so much easier, my gait is garbage. Maybe I’ll hit an early 40s growth spurt. I hope that’s a thing.
10. I can’t wait to tell my friends in the 30 Days of Hustle about this.
The first 9 might be silly, but that last thought is definitely the weirdest.
Throughout the race, I kept thinking about everyone in the 30 Days of Hustle. Why? Because in January, I told everyone in that private community that I was going to finish the half marathon in under 2 hours. My personal record was 2:06, but I felt like I could break it this time.
When Jenny took that photo I was sprinting. I was running as fast as I could across the finish line. I had one final push left in me.
I checked my time after the race and this is what it said:
I hit my goal by 9 seconds!
That last bit of crazy person sprinting mattered.
But more than that, having friends who dared me to train mattered the most.
It’s taken me about 40 years to learn this, but here’s what I know now:
Goals you chase together always go better.
It’s easier to hit your goals when you have a community of people supporting you.
It’s more fun to hustle on goals with other people.
You save time and grind and frustration when people give you encouragement.
Crossfit works because community works. They didn’t invent new weights or exercises or equipment. They simply tapped into the unbelievable power of community.
The best part is that it’s not too late to knock out your goals in 2016.
For the first time ever I’m launching a round of the 30 Days of Hustle Challenge in May. It begins on May 9th, and registration is only open until Friday night.
The 30 Days of Hustle Challenge is a 30-Day Video Course. In addition to an 8,000 word workbook with activities, 30 daily videos and the 30DOH worksheet, you get an invitation to a private Facebook community.
You get to join hundreds of other people from around the world that aren’t settling for average. You’ll meet people writing books, starting businesses, decluttering their homes, losing weight, finding jobs and chasing dreams.
Since the beginning of the year over 3,000 people just like you have been going through the 30 Days of Hustle Challenge and have been accomplishing amazing things. The private Facebook community is thriving and the response to the brand new videos I made has been great!
Do what 15,000 other people have done over the past two years and go through the 30 Days of Hustle Challenge. Better yet, pass along the registration link and sign up with a friend!
Too many times we regret in December and we hope in January, and in between we lose sight of our goals. Not this year. This year is going to be awesome because this May we’ll head into the summer with momentum and purpose. Sign up today and join us!
To eliminate any risk, there’s a 30 day money back guarantee. If you don’t absolutely love the course, just email me and I’ll refund your money with no questions asked. (I hate when people make their refund policies more difficult than that.)
Don’t believe the lie that you can only crush goals in January. May is the new January.
(Note: Registration closes on Friday night. Don’t miss it!)