In December 2015 I flew to LA to run a Spartan Race with one of the greatest friends I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. That experience beat me up a little, but I found it enjoyable in some regards. I also learned a lot from running the Spartan Sprint, about the adventure community and about what I’m capable of. I had only recently recovered from my broken hand, I was under-trained, and ill-prepared. Yet, I finished. This year, the same friend invited me to run America’s Toughest Mudder, an eight hour obstacle race.
I’ve never run a Tough Mudder before, and a Toughest Mudder is intimidating. A five mile loop, sixteen obstacles, and we’ll repeat the loop until the eight hours is up. And did I mention that it starts at midnight? Not exactly a walk in the park, and even more than last time, I’m under-trained, ill-prepared, and to speak candidly, I’m a bit afraid.
“I can’t do this,” has run through my head more than a few times.
But I thought the exact same thing before I ran the Spartan, and I completed that race. So what am I going to do? I’m going to do what I can’t. I refuse to listen to anyone who tells me that I can’t accomplish something, even my own self-doubt.
What is something that you think you can’t do? What would you do to accomplish it? Do you want to run a Tough Mudder? A Toughest Mudder? Start your own business? Learn a new skill? Ignore the naysayers, the doubters, the negative people, and focus on what you’d like to achieve.
Whatever you think you can’t do, I believe you can. So go. Go and do what you can’t.