In 2007 my little girl had recently been born, we were living in Reading and work-wise I was doing pretty much the same as I’m doing now.
Apart from kids and the move from Reading to Thame, my life now looks very similar to how it did back in 2007.
Bit of a different story for Steve Way
In 2007 he was a 20-fags-a-day couch potato tipping the scales at 16.5 stones.
Then yesterday he ran 2:15 in the Commonwealth Games marathon to finish in 10th place.
Now this is a pretty unusual story, and not everybody who has a sudden life-changing moment of clarity like Steve had is going to become a world class athlete.
But the message here is that we all have the ability to move beyond our current situation.
When Steve Way decided to change his life he didn’t just tell the world about his epiphany then carry on smoking Marlboroughs and eating Krispy Kremes.
He changed his life and lifestyle by changing his habits. He started behaving like the person he wanted to be.
In an interview yesterday after setting the over 40s British record for the marathon he said that what he’d really like to do was to “go absolutely ballistic in the food hall of the athletes’ village”.
But with a big 50km race looming in Sweden he knew he had to contain himself. He’s absolutely clear about he wants, what that means to him, and what he needs to do in order to make it happen.
Never Stop Trying
Steve was also asked whether he thought he had a shot of qualifying for the Rio Olympic Games and replied “I’m not going to stop trying”.
I love that answer.
Nothing about the competition, or his training, or progress, times or any other ‘hard data’.
Just “I’m not going to stop trying”.
Creating a better version of yourself doesn’t mean sitting around thinking positive thoughts all day long.
It means making ballsy, potentially life-changing decisions, doing things differently, and never stopping trying.