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"Live Like You Were Dying..."

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Written by Pat Curran

Posted on 17 January 2018

Last Updated 17 January 2018



With just 2 weeks left in our action plans, our time together on our “Hero’s Journey” is coming to an end. Therefore, it’s my intent to help pull all the previous lessons together and inspire you to cross your finish line the same way I will: With strength and conviction.



Motivational Message:


“He said: I was in my early forties, with a lot of life before me,

An’ a moment came and stopped me on a dime.


I spent most of the next days looking at the X-Rays,

An’ talking about the options an’ talkin’ ‘bout sweet time.


I asked him when it sank in, that this might really be the real end?

How’s it hit you when you get that kind of news?

Man, whatcha do?


An’ he said: I went sky-diving, I went rocky mountain climbing,

I went 2.7 seconds on a bull named Fu Man Chu.


And I loved deeper, and I spoke sweeter,

And I gave forgiveness I’d been denying...


An’ he said: Some day, I hope you get the chance,


To live like you are dying...”



Tim McGraw singing “Live Like You Are Dying

To view video, click here


Let’s start with a simple exercise. Take a moment to think about your priorities for the week. Write them down, if it’s helpful. Now ask yourself, if I got the news that I was dying, how would this list change? Is there anything missing? Is there anything that needs to be pushed off or even let go entirely? Is there a certain challenge that you wished you could address but just seems too hard to do (usually dealing with relationships with family or friends)?


For most of us, there is typically a huge gap between our weekly priority list and the one that is framed by the notion of finding out that you are dying. But why? Sure, there might be some differences, but is the difference so large that it gives you an uncomfortable feeling deep down inside?


So here’s what I want you to do. I want use these last 2 weeks to LIVE LIKE YOU WERE DYING! De-clutter your priority list by focusing on only those things that truly matter. Take action for reducing or eliminating all other noise surrounding you. Finally, trust in your ability to creatively find a way to deliver the results you need and want.


To conclude, remember that time is the most precious thing we have. Once spent, it is gone forever. But, the good news is that you are sharp enough to recognize that. And as you continue to master the use of your time, you too will experience an increased satisfaction of defining your character with each purposeful action you take. Keep in mind that others you care about are also watching. And by succeeding, you are also subconsciously giving them “permission” to succeed as well.


We’re almost there, so don’t stop! Next week is that final 2011 insight I have to share for how to sustain progress toward your Dream List. Until then…


God Bless,





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This Week’s Training Schedule

Last Saturday, I participated in the Tri Rock Sprint Triathlon. It was not planned for earlier in the year. Why the change in plans? Well, sometimes on the way toward a goal, you see something far more important to achieve.


My older brother wanted to compete in his first triathlon. As some of you may know, Richard is a Syracuse police officer and was involved in an incident in 2009 where he was shot in both the back and shoulder. In May of 2010 he, along with a few other police officers, received an award from President Obama as one of the nation’s top cops. (You can read about Rich’s story posted at the Freedom’s Light website by clicking here). Richard returned to the force last year and was now looking for something new to try to challenge himself and also inspire his son.


Overall, the event for both of us went well. Richard worked his way through all 3 events, and I had much less discomfort when competing this week because of allowing myself to heal a bit days before the race. Afterwards, our families got together (kids and adults) and spent hours telling stories and reconnecting.


I mention all of this, because sometimes the most important part of “training” is not always physical. In this case, a lot of the work being done had little to do with swim-bike-run. Instead, it focused on other important areas that have been too long neglected. For that I am glad…


Building on this positive note, here’s this week’s workout plan. You should know that I have made a conscious choice to make training a much lower priority since Julia was born. That’s because given all of my previous weeks of training, I am choosing to trust myself to somehow find a way to complete the 70.3 mile Toughman on September 11th while now making it my top priority to strengthen the family around our newest arrival. Priorities are not competing by complementary given my own personal Dream List. Thought it was important to highlight the change of thinking as well as be honest that all of the training events below will not likely get done.


Monday:  Swim 15 x 100m / Run 6 x 400m & 2 x 200m

Tuesday:  Bike 36 miles / Run 7 miles

Wednesday:  Swim 2 x 1200m / Bike 36 miles

Thursday: Swim 20 x 20m & 10 x 40m / Bike 18 miles / “300 Workout”

Friday:  Bike 4 hours / Run 5 miles

Saturday:  Run 14 miles
Sunday:  Rest / Swim with Kids