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We're on a Mission from God

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Written by Pat Curran

Posted on 21 October 2017

Last Updated 21 October 2017

Motivational Moment - 

"We're on a Mission from God"
 
 


Jake Blues
: Well, you see, me and the Lord, we have an understanding…

 

Elwood Blues: We’re on a mission from God.

 

 
John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd in “The Blues Brothers”

To watch the video, click here

For “Blues Brothers” bonus clip, click here

 

 

In the 1980 movie called “The Blues Brothers” two of the most imperfect people in the world, Jake and Elwood Blues, are given a task to complete in order to redeem their souls: Raise $5000 in 11 days for a charity without ripping someone off. Even with some of the worst (but funniest) choices any pair of human beings could possibly make, they keep going. Why? Simple… They’re on a mission from God. And by aligning their focus toward something much larger than themselves, they achieve their goal.

 

Over the years, I’ve relied on this phrase as a way to make me laugh when trying to accomplish a tough goal. After a few moments of panic, I put my faith in God that a solution will emerge as long as I don’t quit. Sure, the outcome isn’t always what I expect, but the choice often leads to another opportunity I could not see.

 

But how do you know you’re working for God? How do you know you’re not simply driven by ego and justifying it with some construct between your ears? Here’s what I learned to ask myself:

 

  • Do your actions bring love, joy, kindness, and goodness to the world?
  • Are you relying on patience, gentleness, and self-control from within as your guide? 
  • Are you trying to be in harmony with the world around you and seek peace with all people of goodwill?

 

When my heart says a resounding “Yes” to these questions, I know I’m there. I’m with God. Regardless of the outcome, I am doing my part. And when I see a misalignment between my actions and what I should be driven by, I list them and try to close the gap quickly.

 

This week, reflect on whether you are truly working to your potential by being on a “Mission from God.” Often, it’s this level of commitment that is missing. It is the ultimate pathway for utilizing spirit as a power source.

 

Have a great week!     


God Bless,
--Pat 


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This Week in Training –

“Making Excuses”



“Maybe it’s my fault.

 

Maybe I led you to believe it was easy when it wasn’t.

Maybe I led you to believe my highlights started at the free-throw line instead of the gym. Maybe I led you to believe that every shot I took was a game winner. That my game was built on flash and not fire. Maybe it’s my fault that you did not see that failure gave me strength, that my pain was my motivation. Maybe I led you to believe that basketball was a God given gift and not something I worked for every single day of my life.

Maybe I destroyed the game.
Or maybe, you’re just making excuses.”

 

 

--Michael Jordon in Nike’s
“Become Legendary” Commercial
To watch video (1:02), click here

 

 

From time-to-time, even I need to be reminded that I am just making excuses. A moment like that occurred last Saturday, when I picked up my bike at Toga Bikes in Nyack, NY.

 

When picking up my bike for some yearly maintenance, I started to complain how I trained for 5 months last year for the 70.3 Mile Toughman Triathlon and the chain dropped 3 times costing me at least 25 minutes. A week before that race, another gentleman at bike shop suggested that I change the chain because it was really worn. The bike repair person I spoke with this time listened to me very closely without interruption. I could tell there was something clearly on his mind.

 

“Sir, can I give it to you straight?” I said, “Of course.” The conversation was bit long, but fundamentally he gave me list of reasons why I was just making excuses. His main message was that I’m not trying to learn how to use the bike. Instead of smashing the pedals and making sudden changes to the gears, I need to learn how to anticipate the terrain and flow through the course. It was uncomfortable for me to hear his feedback but absolutely necessary in order for me to grow. I thanked him immensely for his candor and advice.

 

With that story in mind, here are a few videos to help aspects of your bike workouts. Use your intuition to pull all the lessons together and “flow” through your distances. I’ll be learning with you!

 

  • Check seated position, click here
  • Watch peddling demonstration, click here
  • Learn details about efficient peddling, click here
  • Incorporate single leg bike drills, click here
  • Tips for mastering gear selection, click here
  • Bike Hydration / Nutrition, click here
  • For full School of Tri Video Collection, click here

 

This week’s workout plan:

Monday: Swim 9 x 100m; Run 45 min; Core Strength 1

Tuesday: Bike 45 min; Run 30 min; Core Strength 2

Wednesday: Bike 60 min; Core Strength 1

Thursday: Swim 5 x 300m; Core Strength 2

Friday: Swim 10x 50m; Bike 60min; Core Strength 1

Saturday: Run 6 miles; Core Strength 2
Sunday: Long Stretch; Sports with Daughters  

 

*Core Strength 1 focus on chin-ups, pushups, planks, lower back/abs

**Core Strength 2 focuses on squats, hip strengthening, and stretching
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The Transformation Challenge
“Reaffirm Your Values”



Cora Munro: You’ve done everything you can do. Save yourself! If the worst happens and only one of us survives, something of the other does to.

 

Hawkeye: No, you stay alive. If they don’t kill you, they will take you north up to Huron land. You submit, do you hear? You be strong, you survive… You stay alive, no matter what occurs! I will find you. No matter how long it takes, no matter how far, I will find you.

 

 

Daniel Day Lewis and Madeleine Stowe in

“The Last of the Mohicans”

To watch video, click here
For the next scene, click here

 

 

If you kept up with your previous transformational challenges, you should have a few life lessons and core beliefs identified. In most cases, knowing this will lead to good day-to-day decisions. But what can you rely upon when there are no “right” answers and, odds are, someone is going to get hurt no matter what you do? These are the moments when it’s imperative to know your values.

 

Values are those principles that tell you what you should do and not so much how you should do it. They come from within, down where you keep your guts! They influence nearly every thought and decision we make. When we find ourselves in what seems to be an impossible situation, values from within allow us to take leaps of faith and creatively figure out what to do next as we go along.


Personal Story - Reaffirming Values:

For about 9 years after leaving the service, my line of site to my values was foggy at best. The values I had from within seemed to be in contrast with the ones rewarded by society. In 2011, that fog melted away when in attendance of Tom Murphy’s Edge4Vets Program at Fordham University.

 

Tom’s goal that day was to help veterans reflect on the values highlighted during military service. The question was, “Out of all of the values you lived by while serving, which ones will you bring forward to the civilian world and which ones will you leave behind?” He had the values and leadership traits for all the military branches listed in his booklet.

I looked at all of the Army values and to my surprise I consciously said to myself, “I’m bringing all of them forward: Honor, Integrity, Personal Courage, Leadership, Duty, Respect for Others, and Selfless Service. With feelings of pride and perhaps a little bit of anger, I accepted the fact that society may not always reward these values, but society needs them.

 

It felt good to reconcile that point, but still something was missing. So, I flipped through the other pages to see what values from the other services were listed. That’s when I came to the page on the Marine Corps. “Justice! The Marine Corps’ emphasis on justice as one of their 14 leadership traits… That’s what’s missing on my list. Justice for All…

 

Being that I came to the Edge4Vets session as a veteran mentor instead of student, I kept my experiences to myself while the younger veterans spoke. They had a similar realization, and we all walked out of that session a bit more confident in knowing who we are, what we stand for, and what values define us.

 

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Three years later, I found myself unexpectedly on a similar topic, this time speaking with two of my girls who were working on their religion homework. The topic was "The Fruits of the Spirit" or what is generally known in the Christian faith as the observable behaviors of people who have allowed the grace of the Holy Spirit to be effective within them. It’s a bit abstract, so I had to explain each of the 9 behaviors. That was when I found my most important value of all:

Love: undefeatable benevolence, unconquerable good will; to care about others more than self, to never give up, to be resolute in finding a way

What I told my girls that night was that “Love” breaks all rules. It overrides self-interest and provides an inconceivable amount of enduring strength. It’s a “power source” from somewhere that is not explainable purely through logic. While everything else consumes, somehow love creates. Do things from a place of love, then you will be OK in this world and the next.

 

After explaining this to my girls, I quietly thought to myself, “I found it. This is the core value that drives everything else.”



This Week’s Transformational Challenge:

List the values that pull your moral compass. The clearer you make them in your mind, the more likely you will have the courage to follow them under extreme circumstances.