By Thaddeus Lawrence,
Educator, Entrepreneur and Extreme Sportsman
“Without a doubt, my health,” Mark said. When I followed up by asking who else placed their health as one of their top priorities to focus on this year, hands shot up around the room. No, these hands did not belong to patients with illnesses and injuries. No, they did not belong to attendees at a medical seminar. And no, these hands were not those of only women.
I was delivering a keynote presentation to one of my key clients in the banking industry. In front of me were a few women and a majority of men of varying ages, across a range of positions and from a variety of nationalities and cultures. They are well-travelled, well-informed and well aware that their quality of life is shaped not just by how much they work or how much money they spend but by their physical shape, emotional fitness and mental well-being. They are just like the rest of us.
Our lives is a multi-day marathon, not a sprint. And I live this metaphorically and literally. Travelling to some of the world’s most inhospitable and harshest environments, I push my mind and body to the limit in a series of ultra-endurance foot races. In addition to tasting unbridled joy and excruciating pain, I am gifted with unique insights and life lessons from every one of those endeavours.
The process and experience of a physical race is no different from those of our race of life. It’s not what happens during the event, it’s what happens well before the races that shapes success. It’s not what we do during the hours of training, it’s what we do during those other hours that impacts results. It’s about taking a 360-degree approach to training and living.
Do you expend quality time on rest and recovery as you would your job and career? Do you place priority on your nutritional intake as you would your work output? Do you invest effort on your spiritual development as you would your financial growth? You probably know you should and you possibly know you want to. I do.
This is a quantum leap of a year for me. As I prepare for what will be my most challenging event yet – a 330km race in the Italian Alps with an elevation change equivalent to climbing up and down Mount Everest almost three times in 150 hours – and look forward to crossing the finish line in a whole host of professional and personal goals, Revoilution couldn’t have come at a better time.
And I know I am not the only one. Just as it is for Mark and many of my clients, there is no better time than now to give attention to some of the neglected yet necessary facets of our lives. It is only natural and wholly essential. If not now, then when?
Thaddeus is best known for successfully completing a total of 1,000 kilometres in footraces through the hot deserts of Sahara, Gobi, Atacama and the polar desert of Antarctica. His remarkable feat raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charitable foundations. He documented his soul-inspiring experience in his first book Runaway Success: Life Lessons from Ultra Endurance Racing. When he is not out pushing his physical and mental limits, Thaddeus is indoors pushing the envelope of leadership development and personal growth. His keynote presentations, training programmes and one-to-one coaching are designed to help individuals and organisations achieve extraordinary results and long-term excellence at the workplace and in their lives. Thaddeus epitomises a unique blend of philanthropic pursuit and business enterprise, personal altruism and professional passion.
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