When you reach your goal, whatever it may be it may be, it's the end of that particular path but not the end of the road ahead. Here's the truth: there is no end to achievement; what's next will always be whether you embrace it or not. Navy SEAL, ultramarathon runner, ultra-distance cyclist, and triathlete David Goggins understands this completely.
During this brief introduction to his daily life in the above video you'll hear him say: "My life doesn't have a finish line. So, when I cross the finish line of the Ironman (Triathlon) it doesn't matter because I know that in two or three weeks from now I'll be doing something else to put my body through more pain". This moves me every time I listen to it.
Several years back I stumbled across this clip when I was more into endurance running, trail running, and too many trips up "nature's stair-master", the grouse grind. Since discovering this guy's story I've repeatedly watched several of his videos on YouTube as motivation. It gave me the extra push I was looking for just knowing the pain he's endured and the reason why he pursues such pain to begin with.
Vanity is the opposite reason for why he does what he does. His journey towards endurance sports began after he lost several friends in a Helicopter crash while serving in Afghanistan back in 2005. Subsequently, he began raising money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which provides scholarships and grants for the children of fallen soldiers so they can attend college or university. His reasoning is truly noble.
I've even heard him say in another video that he hates running and exercise altogether. The only reason he does endurance sports is to raise money those in need. In his mind people respond to pain and give as a result. Hence, his pursuit of endurance sports. When I heard him say this I was inspired, moved, and questioning my own level of effort. I went for a long run right after.
That's what it takes to go from one end to a new beginning, over, and over, and over again. It takes a deeply seeded reason for why you're doing what you're doing. It takes something from within you that drives you forward rather than external motivation that doesn't resonate with your soul and ultimately fails to sustain you.
If you find yourself reaching your goals only to have no drive or desire to push forward beyond this, it's time to do some soul searching of your own. It's time to find your why. Maybe you know why but lost sight, maybe you used to know why but forgot, or maybe you have no idea and you're going with the flow uncertain of your reasoning.
I implore you to watch this clip and see where it takes you. Spend some time alone and go back to who you truly are (if you're not there already) and find your why. Note: your reason(s) for doing what you do everyday doesn't need to reflect anyone else's story but yours. When you find what your why is, write it down, place it where it can be seen often, and ingrain it into your body, mind, and soul.
When your reason for doing what you do is pure in heart and clear in mind you'll find that your body won't be able to sit still. You'll be compelled to workout everyday or more often rather than forced to move. You'll move because you're getting up not just for yourself but something greater, for others.
David is a class act and a fitness freak (freaky in a good way) but he's fit for all the right reasons, reasons beyond himself. Simply put, his why is greater than his ego. When you realize that your why is meant to go beyond yourself that's when every end truly becomes a new beginning.
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