I feel mentally like I felt at times physically in High School. Specifically during pre-season two-a-days when we undertook crazy conditioning drills to get ourselves into shape to play football.
I remember Green Bay Grass Drills. Sprints of increasing yards. Mile runs. Leglifts. I remember it all.
I remember conditioning in Lancaster with Joe Wendler last time I lost all of this stuff on my gut. I hated it at the time but I remember how I felt when my body was my slave, doing what I commanded it to do because it was in shape more or less. Able to do what I needed it to do.
And while I need to do the physical, I have been mentally preparing myself lately for challenges. For doing things which are just a bit outside the comfort zone of complacency. For doing some things which will require me to reinvent on the fly and to become more than I am - and more than I think I can be - so that in the end, I can be what I'm supposed to be.
Does that make sense?
Anyway, I've been studying challenges. And leaders who have overcome amazing odds to defeat challenges which to you and I might seem either insignificant or might seem daunting. And in these studies I am finding that the strength to overcome is inside each of us as it is in me. All we need to do... is condition it.
So back to the mental wind-sprints I go. I'm looking forward to making even more people go "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot???" as the days and weeks ahead present themselves...
Colin Powell was right. "Don't be afraid to challenge the pros. Even in their own backyard..."
The thing is, in this case, I used to share that backyard and they were neighbors.
Someone else was right, too, when he said "GOMF..."
Gotta go run some mental laps now. Talk soon...