“My father could have been a great comedian but he did not believe that this was possible for him, and so he made a conservative choice. Instead, he got a safe job as an accountant. When I was twelve years old, he was let go from that safe job, and our family had to do whatever we could to survive. I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you can fail at what you do not want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.” – Jim Carrey, Actor and Comedian
If you are ever speaking to a group of people and you say, “Okay, I want all of you to raise your hand as high as you can,” you will notice they tend to raise their hands high up in the air. As their hands are raised, if you then say, “Okay, now I want you to raise them higher,” somehow they find a way to get their hands higher. Too often we claim to be doing our best, yet we are ignoring how much better we can become, and how much more we can accomplish with what we have. When I refer to the best version of you, I want you to be the very best. I want you to give more than one-hundred percent at every moment. This does not mean you claim to be the best, try this out for a short period of time, and then regress back into the depressed version of you. I want you to be a ray of happiness. I want you to magnetize positivity everywhere you go. To do so, you cannot be too easy on yourself.
In an endurance race, some competitors conserve energy until the very end, or for ascents uphill, careful not to run out of energy late, or fall behind early in the race. They conserve their energy, clinging to the belief they cannot give their all for the entire duration of the race. This relates to the common way many of us move through life. We hang on to our ambitions, beliefs, and hopes for too long. Why are we holding back? Are we fearful of attaining what we truly desire? We can give our all every day, in any circumstance, no matter what the situation may be. There is never a reason for any of us to restrict our potential. Knowing this, we can no longer afford to be easy on ourselves. We have to give our all even when we feel there is no use.
“If you do not build your dream, someone will hire you to help build theirs.” – Tony Gaskins
We are each entitled to unique dreams. We have ambitions, desires, fantasies, goals, necessities, and wants that we yearn for every day. This is our time to captivate them and manifest these constituents into our lives. We cannot experience true happiness until we start building our own masterpieces through action; rather than continuing to help others construct their dreams using our commitment, energy, labor, and time.
“If you really want to heal and change your life for the better, what will work is getting busy with it. Instead of expecting the past to be something it was not, focus on making the future into something that it can be.” – John McCabe, Igniting Your Life
If you are letting your past restrict you from acting to create a more lively future, recognize the cycle of defeat you are choosing to participate in. What happened yesterday, last week, a few months ago, or during our childhood is not relevant to how we approach today and what we will do with each rising sun. We have to focus on what will bring us happiness now. Our concentration should be on preserving this happiness so this carries over into our future.
“The truth is that there is nothing noble in being superior to somebody else. The only real nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Whitney Young, Civil Rights leader
To establish authentic versions of ourselves, this requires we become superior to our past. This is not a battle for us to one-up others, or win the race to see who we have left behind in the dust. We want to grow up, mature, and emerge as leaders. Our mission is to solidify our character by embracing awareness, compassion, confidence, love, and understanding. We choose to be optimistic and maintain positive attitudes. We erase all confusions surrounding the person we want to be. We have a clear understanding of what we want, and accept nothing less than what we envision.
“The World Makes Way For Those Who Know Where They Are Going.” – Henry David Thoreau
When we know in our heart, mind, and spirit exactly what we want to do, where we want to be, and how we are going to get there, amazing things begin to happen. A path opens which we have never before noticed. We choose whether or not to follow this new path. If we decide to take action, we will get what we want. Once we become accustomed to living this way, maintaining focus gets easier. We realize we have control over our destiny.
“As they say, you never forget how to ride a bike once you have learned. Well, so it is with taking charge of your life and breaking through obstacles. Once you fully understand how you create your reality, you suddenly have the ability to plot a course to your desires that will truly amaze you because it feels like magic.” – Craig Perrine
We cannot forget the difference between being active and sedentary. Once we begin to take action, we can easily fall off track if we permit stagnation to infiltrate. We must fight off resistance at all costs to be successful on our road to recovery.
When I go running through the forest on hot days, if I stop for any reason, in that very moment mosquitoes will attack me. If I keep moving, they do not bother me. This motivates me to continue without resting. Imagine how blessed we would be if every time we stopped being active in life, the Universe would send us a signal that would push us to carry on. Guess what, this does happen. When the life we lead does not align with our passions, depression bites at us so we will change our ways. If we eat poorly and live sedentary, we are often afflicted with a serious health condition. We do not get sick, or become ill so that we can blame God, curse our genetics, or give up on life. These conditions arise to motivate us so we will correct our errors and clean up our mistakes. The reason why we are confronted with failures on our mission to obtain happiness is not so we can dwell in misery, but rather for us to reshape our desires and go after what we are destined to succeed with. The Universe is working in our favor, not against us. We can rest at times, but if we do not want to get bit by misfortunes, then we must remain active in our pursuit of a better life.
“Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers
At fifty-two, Janette Murray-Wakelin was diagnosed with breast cancer and the prognosis was she had only six months to live. After recognizing she could improve her life in many ways, she chose to bypass all conventional treatments and changed her diet and lifestyle. By bolstering her perception, exercising, and eating plant-based, she healed and became cancer-free. Soon after, she published the book, Raw Can Cure Cancer. In 2013, Janette, 64, and her husband, Alan Murray, 68, ran a marathon every day of the year. They followed this up with one final run on the first day of 2014 to break the world record for running the most consecutive marathons. When asked why they decided to run, their answer was, “To inspire and motivate conscious lifestyle choices, to promote kindness and compassion for all living beings, and to raise environmental awareness for a sustainable future.” To add to the greatness of their incredible feat, they accomplished this on a strict raw vegan diet, and ran in Vibram shoes.
According to a January 2014 article on the True Activist webpage (trueactivist.com), Elderly Vegan Couple Ran A Marathon Every Day of 2013, the couple fueled with raw organic fruits and vegetables and followed The 80/10/10 Diet, by Dr. Douglas Graham (foodnsport.com). Every morning they would awaken at four a.m. and consume ten bananas, a grapefruit, and a date smoothie for breakfast. At around eight a.m., they would eat another ten bananas. This was followed by a green smoothie at nine a.m., a fruit salad at the nineteen-mile mark, and three oranges by the twenty-third mile. They would finish their run by four p.m. Dinner for the two would likely be an avocado, vegetable juice, and salad. They announced that, “Consuming an abundance of high-nutrient laden, fresh, ripe, organic fruits and vegetables allows them to experience true happiness, make conscious choices that benefit the planet, and feel great.” By following this diet, not only were they able to successfully run over 9,800 miles in a year, but they also obtained sufficient amounts of antioxidants, calcium, carbohydrates, fats, fiber, iron, liquids, phytonutrients, proteins, and all other essential amino acids, minerals, and vitamins. They awakened better versions of themselves. If you adapt to The 80/10/10 approach, you will likely find similar success.
While society has mistakenly believed for years that animal products help to fuel endurance and provide us with strength, what we know today is that these food choices drain our endurance and deplete our vitality. The best fuel sources for athletes are raw fruits and vegetables, and fresh organic juices and smoothies – as Janette and Alan demonstrated. In fact, many of the most dominant endurance athletes fuel with plant-based food sources. The fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt, and his fellow Jamaican sprinter, Yohan Blake, both insist that bananas are their primary fuel sources. Yohan announced that he will eat up to thirty bananas a day while training. The endurance athlete, Rich Roll, who is considered one of the fittest men on the planet, gets his fuel from plants, abiding by a strict vegan diet. You can learn about his story in the book, Finding Ultra. The vegan bodybuilder, Joshua Knox, who was a heavy meat eater at one point speaks at TedXFremont about how he gained more strength and endurance than he ever thought was possible on a plant-based diet. His presentation was titled, A Vegan Bodybuilding Experiment.
Imagine if Janette had given up after she was afflicted with cancer. The disease would have destroyed her. She instead opted to take action, heal herself, and not allow this disease to infiltrate her positivity. Today she is a source of inspiration because she decided to take action and gain control of her health and well-being. We can all learn a lesson or two from her story. Discover more about her incredible life by accessing the website for Running Raw Around Australia (runningrawaroundaustralia.com).