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Do you wish that life seemed as if it was rigged in your favor? Well, it can be. Learn how Croix decided to go from an ordinary life of a carpenter to a world champion runner and how you can apply some of those strategies to your life so that can create a truly remarkable life.
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Everything you need to know on your path to success, fulfillment and inner peace. Inspirational, intimate, and raw conversations about life, love, success, confidence, motivation, productivity, money, and how to crush it every day. Master your mind and you will master your life. Top mindset coach Croix Sather, inspirational speaker, and world champion athlete teaches you his strategies for success with his brilliant minded guest co-hosts. Achieve more. Be more. Live more. Only high-performers need apply. This is the right place for inspiration. More at ZenWarriorPodcast.com or contact Croix from CroixSather.com
Hi, this is Croix Sather.
This is episode #2 called “Live Life Is If It is Rigged In Your Favor.”
Rumi once said, “Live life as if everything is rigged in your favor.”
Its sounds like a weird thing for the 13th century Persian poet to say. But he did in his 13th century way.
You have dreams, right?
But you’re not living them just yet, are you?
Why aren’t you living out your adventures?
I wasn’t either.
10 years ago, my life was ordinary and filled with challenges.
I wanted more.
I didn’t know what or how, but I knew I wanted more. A LOT more.
One day I got a post card in the mail that offered a free ticket to a Wealth Expo. I recognized a couple of names, so I decided to go. After years of dipping my toe in the self-help world, this was the when I fell into the world of personal development in a big way and I was hooked. So I immersed myself in it.
I started reading every book I could get my hands on. I went to seminars and mindset retreats. I was willing to do whatever it took to get out of my life of struggle and rise above a boring ordinary life.
I kept hearing the same phrase over and over. It didn’t matter if it was an ancient text or a modern master. They all asked a similar question. A question that would radically and wildly change my life.
“What would you do if you knew failure was impossible?”
“If anything was possible and you knew you would succeed, what would you do?”
I asked myself that question over and over until one day, I got was struck with an idea. It wasn’t just an idea, it was a calling and a purpose.
I was going to run across America.
Seriously, the whole country. From San Diego to NYC.
I had heard about a guy doing it and thought, “If he can do it, why not me?”
Most people ask, “Why me?” or say, “I could never do that.”
They will rationalize it and say, “Sure he can do it, he is gifted.”
But I put doubts to the side. I was inspired to make it happen.
But I had a big challenge.
I wasn’t a runner. Seriously, not at all.
Back then the only you’d catch me running, was to the refrigerator.
I had tried running on occasion, but it hurt my knees and it bored the crap out of me so it never stuck for more than a single workout.
So how the hell am I going to run over 26 miles a day for 100 straight days?
Hellen Keller once said, “Life is either a daring adventure, or it is nothing at all.”
So why not? Why not me? Why not make my life an adventure?
But life isn’t a daring adventure for most people, and do you know why?
Because most have not chose to make it that way.
Most are living day to day in a trance, accepting life as it comes.
When I started running to train to run across America, I could only run 1.5 miles.
That eventually became 2 miles, then 3.
Eventually after months of training, I could run 10 miles and then 15 miles.
It was ugly, I was not a good runner. I don’t have the body or the mechanics for it.
But over time, my body adapted.
I got a little better and better.
When I told my friends and family,
“Hey, I am going to run across America. A marathon a day for 100 days.”
What do you think they said?
“Go for it Croix, you can do it!”
No of course not. They said, “You’re crazy, your stupid or it’s impossible.”
Unanimously they all said it was impossible.
In the past, that would have been enough for me to quit. But not this time. It wasn’t even to prove them wrong. It was to prove it to myself that I could do it. It was to do something truly extraordinary in my life.
Growing up my favorite cartoons were Superman and the other super heroes. I wanted to have super powers. There weren’t any books in my home growing up. We were a working family of carpenters, so that kind of education was that important.
One day I found a used book in tag sale. It was a paperback of the 1976 Guinness Book of world records. I bought it for 10 cents and I went home and read it. For months I read this book and wondered, “How can I become a world record holder?”
Could I hoola hoop longer than anyone?
Could I grow my finger nails longer than anyone? No way, that is just freaky.
I remember watching Sandford and Sons when Fred tried to stay awake longer than anyone. He made it 7 days and 10 minutes before he was about to beat the record, he fell asleep. But nonetheless, that inspired me more.
But life happens. We grow up. Go to college. Get a job. Buy a car. Get a home. And life just sort of happens.
We don’t really plan it, do we?
It just sort of happens.
We follow the patterns of our parents and our culture. We tend to do what those before us have done.
Then one day 20, 30 or 40 years later you wake up and ask, “Is this all there is?”
When I was 14 years old, I was in a bad car accident that put me in a coma for 4 days. The doctors said, “There is no medical reason I am alive. I will share that story another day. I am touching on that now because one of the things I discovered in that event was to always ask myself, “Why am I still here?”
Whenever I have found myself in a place I didn’t like for too long, I would make a big change because I know how fragile and short life can be. I always reminded myself to never be afraid of stopping something that is draining my soul.
When I decided to run across America, I knew it needed to be bigger than me. Yeah, it sure would be an wildly amazing accomplishment, but how could I make it bigger than me?
I was already a budding speaker and decided to combine both running and speaking.
Each day I would give and inspirational keynote speech to inspire people to Dream Big and to Act Big. I spoke to people in challenge and transition like, Hope for the warriors, Addictions Centers, Homeless shelters, the United Way, rural schools, and even prisons.
Each day was an inspirational speech and the I would run my marathon. Each day, I would do the same thing over and over for 100 consecutive days.
I was sometimes asked, “What was I running from?”
That question always pissed me off just a little bit.
But I guess they were right. I was running from something. But it wasn’t what they were inferring.
I was running from an ordinary life.
I was running from mediocrity.
I was running from a life that no longer made me happy.
I was running from fears of not being enough.
So if that was what I was running from, what was I running too?
I was running to the greatness inside of me.
I was running towards a remarkable accomplishment.
I was running towards a ripple effect of positive impact.
I was running away from the person I was and
I was running to … the person I was born to be.
This I believe,
You have greatness inside of you.
I know that is cliché to say, but I believe that with every cell in my body. And you know what, I believe for you more than most people. I say that because you are listening to a podcast about making your life better. I bet you also looking for more out of life. More fun, laughter, success, adventure and love.
Some say that nobody is special. They say that we all the same. But that’s a lie.
We all have the potential to be extraordinary, but many do not have the desire or the life experience that fostered it. Extraordinary may be there in each person, but it is only turned on for some people. I bet you are one of them.
Even when others saw me training regularly, they still doubted me. Most people train for years to run one marathon and I was going to run 1 marathon a day with only 1 year of training. It seemed impossible. So of course they said I would fail. It seemed likely and logical.
Failure may be likely and logical, but success is still POSSIBLE.
You may not know how you will do, but you must believe it is possible.
Say out loud, “It’s Possible.”
Say it again, “It’s Possible.”
As I wrap this episode up I want to share something with you. I recorded the first episode and I was extremely happy with the outcome. They I started the second podcast and it fell flat. But worse, my enthusiasm tanked and I started to doubt myself.
Yesterday, my main goal was this one podcast, but it didn’t happen. I totally got in my own way and sabotaged my efforts.
First I didn’t sleep enough.
Then I got a late start.
Then I allowed myself to get easily distracted.
I let someone else get into my head.
I got some work done, but it was shit.
It wasn’t a total loss of a day, but 80% was wasted.
So I chalked the day up to a learning experience and went to sleep early.
Before I went to bed, I did three things.
1 – I set my intentions for the next day on how I would show up.
2 – I made a plane for the day. Including getting up early.
3 – I downloaded a book I knew would help me shift and listened to it as I fell asleep.
I wake up and I am so much better and more focused. A short strong run in the rain, good food, and listened to more of the book as I got ready.
When I started to work, I was racing like a Ferrari.
I share this with you because I want you to know that we all have bad moments and bad days. That doesn’t mean anything unless you continue to let it control you. Then it will stop you the next day and the next.
That can all change with just one decision.
Decide that today will be different.
Decide that you will rise above your challenges.
Decide who you will be today and how you will show up.
Then go out and take consistent, persistent and focused action that will bring you closer to your goals.
Then wake up tomorrow and repeat.
Do that, and you will soon be living your dreams.
Life Transformation and Peak Performance Expert, author, professional speaker, and global traveler. Croix is the Author of Dream Big Act Big, Dream Big Life Planner, Morning Manifestation, and the host of the Zen Warrior Podcast. He travels full time living the speaker and laptop lifestyle living part time in Costa Rica and wherever he feels like experiencing.