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Everyday’s a battle

Posted on : 11-17-2010 | By : Adam Piotrowski | In : Change, Fitness

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A good friend of mine has a saying:

“Everyday you’re either
winning or you’re losing”

For the record, he is the embodiment of what it means to be a follow-througher and an all-around bad-ass. He went to the Naval Academy after which he decided he wanted to be a runner even though he had never been a competitive runner. In fact, of my competitive memories of him growing up (he was the first friend I ever remember making), where he perhaps most excelled was as a hockey goalie – not exactly a position you’d probably equate with a future runner.

Well, it didn’t take him long to become the top runner on the marine core marathon team. That wasn’t enough so he went on to do triathlons where he would routinely finish in the top for his age group in even the biggest races. If that wasn’t enough he became an ultramarathoner, running 100 mile races at altitude!

Needless to say, he has a level of follow-through and determination that not many are able to maintain. Stepping back and taking a look at some of what he’s accomplished to this point he’s done some pretty incredible things.

I think his philosophy of every day being a battle has played a great role in his success. For me it doesn’t mean the same as the old saying of “taking it one day at a time”. “Taking it one day at a time” to me gives a sense more of surviving each day whereas “everyday you’re either winning or your losing” strikes me as a much more proactive approach to life. It’s easy to sit back and say that today is just one day in the grand scheme of our life so what’s the big deal. But Blake doesn’t work that way. He strongly believes that each day the decisions you make either move you closer to your goals, or put you further from reaching them. I’ve heard him say it, but I’ll be honest and say I haven’t genuinely lived that way.

For example, this post was supposed to go up on Monday. It’s now Wednesday. That may seem small, but to me it means that for two days I was losing in this aspect of my life. Rather than moving forward I was moving back.

The actions we take contribute to the patterns of our life and if, as the saying goes, we win most of our days by making positive decisions and following-through well then, that sets us up for a pretty winning life. Like any battle, you can’t win ‘em all so we’ll have our losing days. The goal though is to put more marks in the W column.

So how did you do today?

Comments (2)

Adam,

Thanks for the kind words on you blog. You have always inspired me with your fearless drive to overcome barriers to reach your goals. Maybe there was something in the water in Minnesota. I think life is all about getting out of our comfort zone to experience life. It is the only way we grow. I don’t know maybe I haven’t gotten softer now that I am out of the Marine Corps and have two kids, but I think everyday is a chance to improve ourselves because stagnation results in losing ground to the competition. I think this is applies to sports, jobs, or raising your kids. I always think back to my ultra marathon experience when it comes to this. In the Badwater 135 miler in Death Valley, CA, the body goes through many peaks and valleys–mentally physically, and emotionally. It is all about putting one foot in front of the other. I call it relentless forward progress. However, when it come night time and you are hungry, and tired it becomes very easy to revert to resting in the chair (e.g. death by chair). The chair is not your friend. As time goes by, the competition keeps moving and gaining ground. They may not be moving fast, but 135 miles is not about being fast, it is about determination and driving through the dark places and the pain. Just remember, a positive attitude can go a long way. Don’t let things you can’t control affect your happiness? This is easier said than done, but the more we strive towards it, the better we all will be! Porticus Fanaticum, Blake

Totally agree with this. I’m a massive multitaskers – in fact i’m in the middle of two skype conversations now that i’m ignoring to write this comment. As a result, lots of things get delayed..

I find that i have to make specific tasks for myself and not do anything else until they are done. This is hard to do but it forces things to get to completion. A necessity for “following through”