[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/inspiredhumanrev/021_Do_The_Impossible.mp3″ title=”IHR 021: Do the Impossible: How to Break Through Your Own Belief Barriers” artist=”Fidel” social=”true” social_twitter=”true” social_facebook=”true” social_gplus=”true” social_linkedin=”true” social_stumble=”true” social_pinterest=”true” ]In this episode, I’ll show you how to do the impossible and do anything in life much quicker and faster than you ever thought possible. You’ll see how I used this Do The Impossible framework to run a marathon distance in just 8 weeks. I’ll take you through the step-by-step process and provide the actual resources and methodology I used to get such quick results.
What is Modeling the Impossible?
Modeling is finding someone who is doing what you want to do and modeling their belief system, behavior and mindset. An example of someone doing the impossible is Roger Banister running a sub 4- minute mile.
Let’s See if this Stuff Really Works.
I wanted to see how long it would take to run a marathon distance. But after realizing that it would take 6 to 12 months according to the experts I really just set out to run as long as I could and aim for the impossible. But first I needed to find out, Who out there is doing the impossible, right now?
So This is How I Started Modeling the Impossible.
1. Born to Run by Christopher Mcdougall – The Tarahumara or Raramuri run over 400 miles in about 50 hours fueled only by Pinole(ground corn and cinnamon) and Isquiate(Chia drink) and believe that “when you run on the earth, and you run with the earth, you can run forever.”
2. Watched Running the Sahara Documentary – 3 friends ran over 4000 miles to cross the Sahara Desert. They ran almost two full marathons a day for 111 days straight!
3. Read Ultramarathon Man by Dean Karnazes – For starters, the guy ran a marathon in Antarctica. But seeing how Dean loves running, I learned that running could be fun, liberating and enjoyable and it didn’t need to feel like punishment.
4. Read Eat and Run by Scott Jurek – This book taught me about nutrition which is major the reason I was able to physically finish this feat. Without this piece, I personally don’t think I could have completed a marathon distance so quickly.
I immersed myself in this new belief system. For weeks, I watched videos of people running Ultramarathons. I saw them run the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National park dubbed The Worlds Toughest Foot Race where runners go from the lowest point in North America to one of the highest points and in 50 miles and all in a scorching 120+ temperature.
Slowly, I began questioning my own self-limiting beliefs of what was possible for me. This immersion was incredible.
Below is my first run: Started August 26, 2013 and ran a total of 2 miles that first day.
And Everyday I Ran a Little Farther.
I felt a change. I felt that if they could run 100, 200 or 400 miles I could definitely run 26.2 miles. I went from running 1 mile nonstop to 3 miles to 5 miles. And honestly, I thought that after I’d run 10 miles I would stick with that distance for a couple of months. I mean I’d never ran 10 miles before. But it escalated from 5 to 7 miles to 8 miles to 10 miles and 13.1 miles on 10/11/13.
My first Half-Marathon only 7 weeks after I started running. Do the Impossible in full swing.
Then a week later on 10/17/13 I ran the full marathon distance albeit pretty slow but I finished.
My very first full Marathon Distance only 8 weeks after I started running. I felt great and I felt more alive than ever before. The energy that comes with doing something you think is impossible spills over to other aspects of your life like family, career and business.
Here’s What I Learned
- We are more capable of doing so much more than we believe.
- The people you surround yourself with either pull you up or pull you down. It’s not neutral.
- You influence others and others are always influencing you. It is just so subtle nobody realizes what’s going on.
How to Use the Do The Impossible framework to Take your Life to the Next Level
Find first rate people doing first rate work. And before you model their process or methods – you must model their Beliefs and Standards. Whether you want to be a writer, a musician, a speaker or a better salesperson you can use this to create huge gains in a short period of time.
The Take Action Challenge:
OK now. Let’s help you apply this and take your life to the next level.
Let’s do the thing most people fail to do, which is take ACTION. I know you can see an application in your life of how you can use this to take your life to the next level. Now let’s go do it.
1. What is one area of life you want to see dramatic results.
- Choose an area of interest for you
2. Who is out there doing it big already. Not just good But Next Level Stuff.
- Research and find those people
3. Read everything about them and watch any documentaries associated with them.
4. What Are their Beliefs, Standards and Mindset.
- Write them down
- Not just stated beliefs but go inside their heads what are they really thinking
For example, I found three important beliefs for runners were:
- Body can be pushed far beyond limits
- Nutrition is the most important
- Running is freedom and happiness
5. Now go put these new beliefs to work for you!
People, Resources and Links Mentioned in this Episode
The Tarahumara Mexican Indian Tribe
Roger Banister Video – Roger Banister Running a sub 4 minute mile.
Chi Running Video – What is Chi Running? Danny Dreyer explains it in this video.
The Fruitarian – Michael Arnstein on living solely on fruits and vegetables.
Dean Karnazes – UtraMarathon Man
And as always, Thank you for joining us here and I really appreciate you.
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