James Lawrence is a beast.
He has NOT just completed an iron-man…
This is one of the most brutal and challenging races in the world where competitors do a 2.4-mile swim… 112-mile bike ride… and 26.2-mile run.
To finish one is a major accomplishment… he’s shattered the world-record by completing 30 in one year.
I loved this quote by him:
The hardest thing has probably been not listen to the people
that say you can’t do it, to turn down the volume on all the negativity,
and to focus on the things that are positive, the things that are up-lifting,
and the things that drive you forward to the finish line.
Sure, most of us may not want to do even one Iron-man (let alone 30!).
But there is wisdom here.
Often, we put certain people up on a pedestal and think “They are so successful; they don’t have the same struggles that I do. They don’t struggle with negative thoughts… people who aren’t supportive… and the doubt that I do…”
We may not see those struggles but they are there.
As author Stephen Covey said,
The private victory precedes the public victory
Truth is, even they struggle with this.
Everyone faces these challenges – the question is what to do about them.