Why It's Not Too Late To
June 13, 2016
Fauja Singh was born on April 1, 1911 in India and did not develop the ability to walk until he was five years old. He struggled with his weak, thin legs and his lack of co-ordination throughout his childhood.
When Fauja grew into his 20s however, he grew stronger and decided he wanted to become a runner. He ran and ran and ran. He loved it, but after a few years, the practicality of life took over. Responsibilities of work and family
required all his time and energy, and he ceased running entirely.
The years passed by, decade after decade, until one day when he was 81 years old, he decided it was time to try again. He threw himself into training wholeheartedly and 8 years later, ran his first marathon at the age of 89!
When it was all said and done, Fauja ran 8 marathons, the last of which took place in London in 2012 when he was 101 years old.
Sponsored by Adidas, he became the oldest man to ever run a marathon and was even featured in an advertisement alongside David Beckham and Muhammad Ali. Not bad for a guy who didn't start training until he was 81.
Fauja famously said, "The secret to a long, healthy life is to be stress-free, be grateful for everything you have, stay away from negative people, stay smiling, and stay running."
If we want to make a change or try something new or go on an adventure or change the world or re-invent ourselves in some way,
it helps for us to get clear on how we feel about our lives, in ALL areas.
If you have a moment, I encourage you to go through the following list and rate each category from 1-10 (1 being the least satisfied and 10 being the most). In addition, it is also helpful to write an emotion next to the number, like "bored", "lonely", "proud", "unfulfilled", "over the moon!", "ok", "crossroads","fed up"….etc.
Rating these categories can give us a snap shot into our lives, like a personal balance sheet. If we ask ourselves which categories are assets and which ones are liabilities, we can get a good idea of where we need to focus our attention.
Personal Balance Sheet Categories:
1. Meaningful Work/Career
2. Artistic Self Expression
5. Physical Health and Well-Being
6. Mental and Emotional Health and Well-Being
7. Personal Growth and Learning
11. Contribution/Giving Back
Now, I want you to consider this post to be your permission slip to re-invent yourself in any of these areas, as soon as possible! Even if you are not ready.
In fact, it's even better if you are not ready!
I love the quote, "Jump and find your wings on the way down" because nothing happens until we decide to take action. And then when we are forced to find a way, WE FIND A WAY.
I mean look at these baby ducks!
Change can be scary and often feels dangerous and unsafe, when in actuality, it's just unfamiliar and different. Here are some suggestions to encourage you to re-invent yourself and transform any area of your life in which you are not completely fulfilled.
A Few Encouraging Thoughts For Embracing Change:
Start small. Just one little action taken in the direction of your dream is forward progress and that is all we want! Send an e-mail, do some research, write an outline, or ask a question. Small things add up to BIG things.
Celebrate any progress you make!
Look at your re-invention like an exciting adventure, not something you are trying to "fix" about yourself or your life.
Remember that action, even in the wrong direction, is better than standing still.
If you are bored, set a bigger goal.
Question the way it has always been! Don't settle!
Whenever you feel discouraged, remember Fauja Singh. He re-invented himself and decided to chase a dream at 81!
In 5 years you can be 5 years older, or you can be 5 years older having learned the guitar, created a website, improved at jiu jitsu, started a business, or written a book! Think about that!
And when you feel the fear of change, when the forward motion feels unsafe, remember what Mark Twain said, "I've had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened."
It's time. Let's do this!
And that is what I was thinking about today.
Thank you so much and have a great night!
See you tomorrow!