LIAM 010 – You Are Always Training for Something. Is it Success, Mediocrity, or Failure?

In this episode of the Life Is A Marathon show, I talk about how every thought, word, decision, action, is a form of training. You are constantly conditioning your mind and body to do the very same thing. Set the intention of training for success instead of mediocrity or failure.

Quotes from the show:

No matter what you do, you are always training for something!

What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family! – Mother Teresa

Show outline:

  1. I learned so much about life and mindset by training for a marathon
    1. You CAN Go the Distance!
    2. You CAN change your life by changing your thoughts
  2. Blog post in Aug. 2014 – You are always training for something!
  3. You are always training your brain, which trains your body, which creates habits, which directs your life!
    1. Running/Workout example
      1. Skip a run/workout because it’s raining or you just don’t feel like it
    2. Students/Studying
      1. Know you should study, but put it off until later
        1. You DO NOT work best under pressure – That’s a lie
      2. It’s more fun to text or Facetime than to unplug and concentrate
    3. Relationships
      1. Not asking someone out because of fear of rejection
      2. Putting off that difficult conversation
    4. Choosingto be sarcastic
      1. It’s not cute, it’s not funny, it’s not helping your relationships
  4. It’s all about intention and attitude
    1. Your intention, attitude, outlook determine how you show up in the world
    2. Look for the good everywhere
      1. Live like an explorer, always looking for new lands and hidden treasure
  5. You need to START and build momentum/inertia
    1. A rocket consumes 80% of it’s fuel in the first few seconds just to get off the ground
    2. An airplane burns fuel and the pilot makes massive adjustments to get the plane up and pointed in the right direction. In flight there are constant, but minor, course corrections due to wind or to avoid storms
      1. Everyone on the plane feels the takeoff and the initial direction changes
      2. Once in-flight, the adjustments are barely felt at all
  6. You CAN Do it
    1. Train to change
    2. Train to win
    3. Celebrate and recalibrate along the way
    4. Invest in yourself – you are your greatest asset
      1. Surround yourself with positive, encouraging people
      2. Put educational/motivation information in your ears and eyes
      3. Invest a coach, or at least, personal development programs

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8 Responses to LIAM 010 – You Are Always Training for Something. Is it Success, Mediocrity, or Failure?

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    SavvyJames October 5, 2014 at 4:54 pm #

    Reading through this post, I was reminded of my favorite quote, “I’d rather aim high and miss, than aim low and hit.” ~ Les Brown

    In order to reach the desired heights and achieve desired results, training is essential.

    • Bruce Van Horn
      Bruce Van Horn October 5, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

      I love this quote! I’m a big Les Brown fan! 🙂

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    Jeremy Ginn October 19, 2014 at 8:08 pm #

    I’ve been catching up on your podcast – and wow! Each show has a nugget(s) that jump out of my earbuds and into my brain and cause me to stop.

    I love starting the day with an affirmation – I created my own a while back and I forgot it for awhile. It says “This is my now. That was my then! Yesterday is already written and tomorrow is but a dream. This is my now!”

    You are a blessing and I Thank God for you!

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    dan hathaway January 29, 2015 at 10:26 am #

    Ok Bruce! So, I have the ‘gift’ of sarcasm and negativity! You tell me to basically ‘cut it out’ and in an informal survey with my wife she gave you ‘two thumbs up’ (smile). But in all seriousness, how does one go about finding positive material to fill their brain with? Your podcast is definitely helping, but I am a self-proclaimed ‘news junkie’ and you are right to say it is largely negative. So, what are some other positive sources to fill my brain? I was thinking about Guideposts, for example, but what other inspirational places can I go to wean myself off the war in the middle east, the coming debt crisis, and terrorism that scream at me all day? Well, thanks for this podcast and the ability to think about it today. Blessings, Dan

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    Wayne Wells April 4, 2015 at 10:39 am #

    Five years ago I had a stroke. At University of Michigan Hospital my room was filled with neurologists trying to explain why I could walk at all.

    Before my stroke, I ran 5K’s. At the end of last year, I received permission from my neurologist and physical therapist to begin a running program. I have run four 5K’s since then. My personal goal this year is to run six 5K’s over the course of the year. I set that because it would require that I train and run most of the year. Also, because each of those 5K’s is a step in earning the Phidippides Award offered by the USA Track & Field (USATF). They offer the award to Masters Runners (50 years old and above). Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards are given depending on the number of points earned. My ultimate goal is fitness and a long life, but the Phidippides Award and 5K’s are stepping stones to that goal.

    BTW, I run better listening to your podcast than listening to music.

    • Bruce Van Horn
      Bruce Van Horn April 4, 2015 at 7:54 pm #

      Wayne, it is such good news to hear of your recovery and determination to keep moving forward in life! I’m honored to be a small part of your many victories!!

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    Daniela April 24, 2015 at 3:57 am #

    Hello Bruce, thank you so much for this podcast.
    Now every time I think “I don’t feel like doing this”, I think about this podcast and realize that I’m training myself to be lazy, day after day, as it’s so easy to do the same every day!
    Thank you for letting me realize this!

    P.S. sorry for my English, it’s not my native language

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    Cynthia Cruz April 20, 2019 at 1:22 pm #

    I love your podcast. I just started a few days ago and although I have always been aware of my negative thinking your podcast has really put into perspective how damaging it is. In this particular podcast what stood out to me was your talk of not having difficult conversations in your relationships and therefore training yourself to have unhealthy relationships. In my particular case I am the one that wants to have the difficult conversations and my partner doesn’t and it is causing strain on our relationship. My question is how do you deal with this when it is not really you that can make the change?

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