10 years ago I feared being 50 years talking about how I wished I had run across the United States. So I did something about it. Similar to the run, I thought for a long time about starting a podcast to interview interesting people from my life. So I did something about.
Patrick explained that 10 years ago he decided he wanted to accomplish 3 very specific goals: 1) Climb Mt Everest 2) Swim the English Channel 3) Sail a boat around the world. He is now training to check #1 off his list in the Spring. Learning first hand about Patrick’s training regiment and dedication to succeeding in his Everst goal, I have little doubt that he will succeed not only in reaching the summit, but will succeed at the other two goals as well.
I fear living my life mowing my lawn as well, and there are still many things that I want to do to show myself that I am not going to live my life just mowing my lawn. I’d like to Climb Mt Kiliminjaro, I’d like to run another marathon, I’d like to someday become a caddy someday at St Andrews.
After interviewing Patrick I reached out to an old friend who for many years during our 20’s professed to me and anyone who would listen that someday he would climb Mt Everest. It’s been probably 10 years since he last mentioned his intent to climb Everest someday, so I wanted to see how his plans were coming. Unfortunately the text message response that I received was “Ha, I’m an old loser. At this point I’m just looking forward to next weekend.” Don’t be that guy or girl. Look forward to more than just next weekend!
So what are the things that you want to look forward to, to overcome a fear of living your life mowing your lawn? What plans and actions are needed to make those things happen? Start planning, and let someone who you trust know about it. This will make you accountable, which should make you want even more to accomplish that goal. Feel free to tell me about….I’d love to hear what you may be inspired to do.
Thank you Patrick for sharing your deepest fear with me. It made me laugh, smile, and most importantly got me thinking about all of the things that I still want to accomplish in life and have to look forward to!