I’ve recently come across two stories that have really inspired me. Both stories show that if you put your mind to something, you can achieve anything. Firstly, my cousin James Randall recently completed his first 69-mile ultramarathon, raising money for charity, in just over 14 hours, coming in the top 100 entrants – quite incredible really (you can read about it here). And, secondly, Jamie Marriott successfully cycled 2,400 miles to Russia to watch England play in the football World Cup (you can read the pre-cycle interview with him here).
These are two normal guys who aren’t serious athletes, or fitness freaks. They live life like everyone else does. Yet they both achieved something incredible. Something they will never forget.
And it doesn’t stop there. I’m lucky to know some truly inspiring people who have achieved some remarkable fitness feats, and every feat is different for every person. The main lesson I have taken from it is, when you put your mind to something, you really can do whatever you want to.
After all, all of these inspiring stories have something in common: the mindset to achieve something.
Of course, that doesn’t mean it has to be as extreme as cycling over 2000 miles or running 69 miles. It varies for each person. For some, running 5k or 10k could be the challenge they set themselves. But what’s clear is you just need to know you can do it. Have a little faith. I hear so often ‘I can’t do that’. The thing is, you’ll have done harder before, and you’ll likely do something harder after.
Personally, I love setting myself a challenge – a triathlon, the Three Peaks challenge, a mammoth cycle… It’s these challenges that help me focus, drive me to train. And no doubt, some of the challenges I have completed have left me broken, physically spent, mentally drained and so on. But it also highlights the amount you can do when you think you are done. Chances are, you aren’t done. You CAN carry on. It is all about having the right mentality. And focus.
I wouldn’t say I’m particularly fit. I don’t go hammer and tong at the gym every day. But I know I if I put my mind to something, I will get there in the end – that’s why I’ve signed up for my first marathon, despite being an infrequent runner.
So my message is a simple one. To anyone reading this who doesn’t believe they can achieve anything, think again. You can do it. You can get fit. You can do that half marathon you always wanted to do. And you will get that irreplaceable feeling of achievement and pride when you complete it.
Every single person reading this can complete a marathon. Every single person reading this can cycle 100 miles. It can be anything. You just need to believe you can. If you need motivation, check out our Vivi stories.
Just remember, in the words of the great Benjamin Franklin, ‘You can do anything you set your mind to’.