David Goggins just might be the baddest man alive. He holds the world pull-up record (4,030 in 17 hours), has 70 ultramarathons under his belt…oh, and he’s also a Navy SEAL.
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As I closed the cover of his new book Never Finished, I knew I couldn’t do it justice in a single blog post. So before we head off for the weekend, I thought I’d share just a few of my favorite moments:
Seconds of Weakness
If you’re trying to lose weight, quit drinking, anything, your moment of weakness will be counted in seconds. Winning those few seconds is everything.
When I quit smoking in 2015, I was afraid I couldn’t do it. How can I be vigilant for the rest of my life?
But David is right. Any cigarette craving was brief and transient.
We can win those few seconds. Let’s get it.
Doing Hard Things
Doing a wall sit on Sunday, I felt the familiar burn in my thighs. Mentally, I resisted it.
Oh no, it hurts, make it stop!
But then I remembered what David said. Stop looking for a sign that the hard times will end.
Just notice the feeling, and accept that that’s the sensation you have right now.
Like anyone, there are jobs I don’t want to do. Cleaning the tub is pretty high on that list.
All that bending. Hair. Eww.
But last Sunday, I scrubbed it spic and span and it was actually fun. Because instead of counting the seconds till I was done, I enjoyed the beautiful sheen I made with my own hands.
We don’t just do better work when we take pride in what we do. We have more fun!
As hard as he is, David is only the second baddest character in his book. The gold has to go to Sgt. Jack, his grandfather.
This steely man faced down intense bigotry. He spent his life in the Army and retired to a comfortable, paid off home filled with family.
Sgt. Jack’s hard edge almost made David think his grandpa didn’t care about him. Quite the opposite.
Sgt. Jack taught David how to work. How to take pride in what he does.
How to be a man.
His most enduring lesson?
Being Grateful for Difficulty
It’s one of the hardest races on earth. The Moab 240, run yearly in Utah, lasts for days and requires an ascent approximately equal to the height of Mount Everest.
Of course, David was there.
And not only there. He was among the leaders.
But a wrong turn and a thyroid issue waylaid him. Now he wasn’t just way behind — he was seriously ill.
But David controlled his mind:
He recovered his legs and finished the race.
Tough times suck. But in our modern, flabby society, they’re also a gift.
You’re gonna love this book. Grab yourself a copy!
Now, I think I’ll have some cookies. 🙂 Have a great weekend, everyone!
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