click on the image to sign up for the ALICIA™ podcast

NEW LOGO {I have a thing for art deco}. 

musings: Rich Roll

{an excerpt from the article Why You Should Stop Hacking Your Life and Invest In The Journey by Rich Roll}

Now let’s examine what happens when you try to be the very best you can be at something you are inherently passionate about. Suddenly the heart beats faster. The palms begin to sweat. Maybe it’s excitement. But more likely it’s fear. That’s right, fear. Commitment — total dedication to the core — is about as scary as it gets. It’s not just hard. It’s without a doubt the most difficult thing imaginable. Because if you take that risk, truly put yourself completely on the line and fail {or succeed — yes fear of success plagues more than you might imagine}, then you will have to reckon with yourself. Terrifying!

…No shortcuts. Just a good, solid Malcolm Gladwell-esque 10,000+ hours of downright busting your ass on something that means everything to you. Toiling in obscurity. Failing relentlessly. Picking yourself up off the floor when all is lost and going the extra mile when nobody is looking. Slow, incremental progress. Tiny hard fought victories along the way that begin to take form. And ultimately congeal to lay the foundation for a life and legacy that has true value…

…Don’t misunderstand. I like goals and I like achieving them. They keep me focused and act as powerful drivers that lend structure to my day. But it’s crucial to emotionally detach from the end result or third-party reception to your efforts. Let it go. It’s none of your business. It’s also irrelevant. But what is relevant is signing up for the journey. What is crucial is showing up at the starting line. What is essential is taking that first step, followed by a second, on what I can only hope will be a pilgrimage that will last the remainder of your days in this short life. Irrespective of success or failure (subjective terms anyway), you are guaranteed to experience what it is like to be fully invested in something, anything. This is what it is to be completely alive. And that is the gift.

Rich Roll is a world renowned ultra-distance triathlete, wellness advocate, host of the popular Rich Roll Podcast & #1 bestselling author of Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men & Discovering Himself . You can read his musings and listen to his conversations at richroll.com.

am.xo

p.s. Rich’s book Finding Ultra is one of my favourite workout.every.d*mn.day. inspirations. Oh what the human body is capable of…

Proudly powered by WordPress
Theme: Esquire by Matthew Buchanan.