I wasn’t thrilled about waking up at 3am today… I was tired from the weekend, my body is exhausted, sore and Crossfit was the last the thing I wanted to do today… But, I woke my tail up, got some coffee, got dressed and went to work on myself… Let’s just say it wasn’t my best workout ever. I lifted less than I should have, did fewer reps and all out sucked it up… So why is this a good thing???

I did it. No matter how bad it was, how little I feel like I accomplished, it was a success. I could have slept in and then I would have felt like shit all day. I would have regretted my decision to go to the gym and would have been kicking myself when I looked at my goals and realized I wasn’t any closer to Leadville than I was yesterday. Talk about motivation, that’s my motivation. That’s exactly what wakes me up every day. I’m so scared of failing in Leadville that is wakes me up every single day and forces me to go through the motions. I know though, when push comes to shove, my worst effort forward is better than my best effort standing still… If I can fail every single day leading up to Leadville, I will be a success when I get there.

Yes, it’s ok to go through the motions. How do I know? It’s exactly how I started going to the gym…

When I decided I was going to make the change and go to the gym, it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I never wanted to wake up early enough, didn’t want to drive across town, didn’t want to be seen with my shirt off and quite frankly, I had no idea what to do when I got there…

I overslept, A LOT!!! Almost every single day for the first month. I had every excuse to stay in bed and not go. It’s too late. I won’t get my hour in today. I don’t have time to do everything I need. It’s cold outside. Yeah, these are just a few… But what did I do? I crawled my lazy butt out of bed and drove across town. I sat in my car (didn’t even go in the first week) and listened to music and came up with every reason to go straight home. Stupid right??!!

Guess what? I started getting so frustrated that I was wasting my time that I woke up 10 minutes earlier the next week. I had every excuse to stay in my car because what good is 10 minutes going to do?? No much… But I went in and spent my 10 minutes taking action. All week, 10 minutes. I’d get in my car and drive home. Every day I felt a little more accomplished and a lot more frustrated. I was frustrated because 10 minutes isn’t going to do anything for me!!!

Next week, 20 minutes earlier, 30 the next and then before I knew it I was there at 5am as the rec center was opening. Was every day my best? No, it wasn’t. Did I ever oversleep? Absolutely. But what I found was my half assed effort going forward was better than oversleeping and not doing anything. I had created a habit of waking up, driving across town and doing something. Something is all it took. After a while it I developed a routine for 5 days a week. M-F I would wake up at the same time, drive to the rec center- I would run 1-3 miles a day, swim, stretch, and use some of the machines. Every day wasn’t my best, I wasn’t always on time, but I didn’t completely miss too many days. In fact, there for a while I hit every single scheduled day for 3 months.

Habits, they make us function in good and bad ways… If you want to start something new, you have to create the habit of doing and taking action. I had created a habit based around working out the exact same way I created positive eating habits. Small steps, taken one day at a time and forgiving myself for failures. Every day wasn’t great, but I took some sort of action in the right direction and moved myself closer to my goals. People often ask me how I can wake up at 3am everyday… This is how I started. I failed one day at a time until I go so tired of failing, I started taking better action. When I got tired of wasting time, I got to work. I challenge you to take action today. Do something that moves you forward. Do something that will get you closer to your goals. I don’t care how much it sucks, how hard it is or how little good you think it will do, do it. Go ahead. Wake up late, drive across town, don’t give 100%… But I dare you to fail over and over and over again because one day after you’ve failed enough, you’ll wake and realize you’ve learned more, done more and achieved more than you would have done hitting the snooze button. So today- Go after failure and watch it change your life…

Run Epic my friends!

Published by Gary Stotler

Gary Stotler is a father, running, fitness, weight loss and personal development addict. Formally 400 pounds, Gary has naturally lost 200 pounds, created a coaching & speaking business and has become a 100 mile ultra-runner. Holding a degree in Psychology & Sociology, certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a personal trainer, mindset & behavioral modification coaching, a certification in DISC personality assessment coaching and he is a certified speaker, coach & mentor with the John Maxwell Team. Gary firmly believes, if we take One Step at a Time, nothing is impossible. He is determined to let his actions show people what is possible and hopes to help you shake up your thoughts, change your actions and create your future.

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