June 21, 2020

Doing Things You Dont Want To Do

As a kid, he was absolutely terrified of his father.

He often witnessed his father beating his mom and if he ever dared to protect his mom, his father would beat him up too.

His father made him work till midnight every day of the week at the skating rink. 

At school, he would often fall asleep and struggle to focus in class. 

Growing up in a tortured household, he constantly battled his feelings of unworthiness and insecurity.

There was an inner voice that would tell him to do something to change his life but there was also another part of him which didn't want to do anything because he was just too scared.  

He tried fitting in with the other kids at school by pretending to be one of those "cool kids" but deep inside he knew that was just an act.

As he grew up, from age 19 to 22 he put on too much weight going from 175 pounds to almost 300 pounds.

He was fat, broken and miserable.

Then came the turning point.

One day on the Discovery Channel, he saw a BUD/S class 224 - a US Navy Seals training class which is one of the toughest training programs in the world.

As he watched the show, he was inspired seeing men who were going through the brutally, rigorous training fighting adversity and facing challenges that would test them physically and mentally.

He started reflecting on his own fears and insecurities and realized all his life he was blaming others for his misery - his abusive dad, his mom, his learning disability and his skin color. 

He figured out in order to change his life, he had to pull himself together and save himself from ruining his life because no one was going to come to rescue him.

So he wanted to become a Navy Seal and started calling recruiters.

There was a problem though- he was overweight and was told that to get into the class he had to lose over 100 pounds in less than 3 months.

He was shattered. He thought to himself there was no way he was going to lose so much weight in such a short time.

But still, he wanted to give it a try.

He put on his running shoes and decided to go for a 4 mile run.

He ran just a quarter mile, walked back home, sat on his couch and started crying.

As he cried, his insecurities crept up again mocking him that he wasn't good enough and he didn't have what it takes to get into the class.

Then the BIG moment happened.

As a fan of the movie Rocky, he would often fast forward his VHS tape to Round 14 and it was this fight that totally changed his state of mind.

In this round, Apollo Creed beats the shit out of Rocky and just when he thinks he won, Apollo stares in absolute disbelief as he sees a bruised and battered Rocky back on his feet and challenging him to fight.

That look of disbelief in Apollo Creed's face was the moment when everything changed and he wanted to be Rocky- that never give up fighter who will always get up and face the challenges in front of him.

Fast forward, he became the only member of the U.S. Armed Forces to complete SEAL training (including two Hell Weeks), the U.S. Army Ranger School (where he graduated as Enlisted Honor Man) and Air Force Tactical Air Controller training.

He has completed over 60 ultra-marathons, triathlons, and ultra-triathlons, setting new course records and regularly placing in the top five. He also held the Guinness World Record for pull-ups completing 4,030 in 17 hours.

This is the inspiring story of David Goggins- hailed as the toughest man alive.

One of the biggest shockers for me was that despite having completed so many marathons, David Goggins doesn't like running.

I almost fell off my chair when I heard that.

But he has a brilliant reason behind doing things that he hates doing.

"If you can get through to doing things that you hate to do, on the other side is greatness."

And he goes on to say, "I am NOT training for a race, I am training for life."

Powerful words.

Check out his book 'Can't Hurt Me' and his website www.davidgoggins.com.

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Vidhyarthi

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