Self Motivating Speech

The Finish of Ragbrai XLV

Somewhere on Day 5 or 6, I remember thinking of my self motivational speech and letting Juan in on a little of it. It goes a little something like this.

The Setup

You are in the middle of doing something very grueling, challenging, and taxing on your body. If that isn’t bad enough, there are other elements that can get in the way such as Mother Nature to name one. 
The truth of the matter is that it wouldn’t be that big a deal to quit.  Why go through with the rest of this?  Maybe you’ve accomplished something like this before.  Maybe you’ve had your fun, and now it is just too much work.  
Those voices in your head are the Resistance.  For more on the Resistance, read Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art, or Seth Godin’s Linchpin.

The Decision

You’ve all but succumbed to the Resistance, and have decided to quit.  Really… it is no big deal. 

The Ultimate Decision

Now that you’ve made a decision, you can now make the ultimate one: to continue.
But why? 
Because having made the decision to quit, accomplishing the goal will mean so much more.  When you finish, you will break out in goose flesh and tears will come to your eyes. The Final Countdown may be playing in your head. 
Training yourself to overcome the Resistance is difficult, but defeating the Resistance after it already won is quite a feat.  

It is the best feeling ever.

Ragbrai XLV

Juan and I would never had let each other decide to quit, but the Resistance was there. It was in our individual heads.  We were tired.  Our legs were sore.  
Together, we conquered, and it was a proud and beautiful moment. 

2 thoughts on “Self Motivating Speech

  1. Great post, man. There's something especially sweet about doing the hard thing when it seems no longer seems possible, or “snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.” And sharing that feeling with a fellow victor is even better. Nice work!


  2. I definitely missed you out there this year. Especially in and around Decorah. Pulpit Rock Campground was awesome, and we look forward to hiking up there to see it before we enjoy some Pulpit Rock beer this Labor Day.


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