This weekend, I found myself in a place where I could not spend much time exercising because of other responsibilities. I often talk about the power of routines. That being said, you also have to be malleable and flexible given your circumstances and allow/accept change and roll with it for what it is. Remember, be present, don’t resist, just accept.
So, instead of finding myself suffering from blisters and losing toenails as I would have been at the end of my company’s planned Ultramarathon (that would have been this weekend had coronavirus not cancelled it), I found myself stretching and doing some yoga, jumping rope and push ups and then getting on with my day. Adaptation and acceptance are really important skills. Truthfully, I felt really relaxed and rejuvenated. And, for sure it was definitely easier than running 100 miles in the Ultramarathon that would have concluded yesterday.
When I first imagined the possibility of running 100 miles, I knew I had to share the idea with someone who would hold me accountable. In this instance, that person was Fernando Borghese, COO of DMS. I was confident that, once I talked him into the plan, neither of us would let the other back down.
In both personal and professional settings, I try to surround myself with people who push me to be more, and I encourage everyone around me to push me and everyone else to be their best. For example, last week, a fellow team member encouraged me to read Becoming Supernatural: How Common People Are Doing the Uncommon by Joe Dispenza. I’m thankful to that coworker for the great suggestion, and for encouraging me to keep growing. I’m already 25% of the way through the book.
The people around us – our families, our friends, our teams, our communities – play a significant role in who we are and what we become. When we surround ourselves with people who push us to be more, they motivate us to think bigger, to never give up and to never give in.
Seek out the people who help you be your best. And give those around you a push back. Like positive energy and gratitude, encouragement is circular. The more you give, the more you get.