The greatest lesson of my life…

Running taught me the greatest lesson in life and she did it it the most brutally sincere way.

She nearly killed me in pursuit of my biggest goal and it prepared me to go broke, die, and learn to live. The universe took everything away from me and I learned to appreciate the small things again. Once I lost everything I learned there was one thing I never had in my pursuit of fame, fortune, and riches… and success couldn’t fulfill me without it…

She showed me love…
Not love for something material.
Not love for something spiritual.
Not love for another person.

But love for myself. She taught me to love the depths of myself other people don’t even know exist.

She taught me the good, the bad, and the lovable. The universe knew she had to take everything external away from me so I could learn love does not come from the outside but from the inside.

We can not truly love another until we fully love ourselves…

No amount of money.
No amount of material possessions.
No amount of achievements.
No one, no relationship, no experience will fulfill the gap within us that we must learn to fill ourselves.

And that. That is what running has taught me.

I knew I was good enough to finish Leadville in 25 hours, but I didn’t truly believe it with all my heart. I wasn’t the person who deserved it. The universe took it away from me so I would learn the true meaning of what crossing the finish line meant to me. She brutally ripped my life apart so I would learn to appreciate what I had while I pursued what I want.

I was not man enough to finish. She knew that. I did not.

I tried to grind my way through the universe and she showed me who was in charge.

The laws of nature cannot be broken. Those who attempt to cheat the laws only cheat themselves…

By definition “the grind”: oppressive, tedious, and seemingly without end. move noisily and laboriously, especially against a countering force.

I learned to live in sync with the laws of the universe and she has graciously guided me to where I am today. If only I could thank her… but as one can never repay a favor in the same way it was done for them, I will pay it forward in my own way.

Learn to find joy in every moment of sadness, happiness in every challenge, and learn to take the next step forward when all seems lost. Once you learn you only need the courage and energy to move one step forward, you shall be able to break every challenge into bit sized pieces. With every step forward you gain knowledge, power, and momentum over the problem. With enough forward momentum, you learn anything is possible by being patiently persistent.

The one step forward may just be the missing piece to your destiny.

“The walls that keep out sadness and disappointment also keep out happiness.”

– The great Jim Rohn

May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future.

Gary Stotler

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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