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Superpower #2: Reliance on Human Spirit

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Written by Pat Curran

Posted on 17 December 2017

Last Updated 17 December 2017

Motivational Moment - 

"Reliance on Human Spirit"


“You’re telling me we can only give our guys 45 hours??? That brings them to about there (noting the gap between the Apollo 13 Spacecraft and Earth on the blackboard). Gentlemen, that’s unacceptable…”


“I want this mark all the way back to Earth with time to spare.

We never lost an American in Space, and

we’re sure as hell not going to lose one on my watch…


Failure is not an option!!”



Ed Harris playing Gene Kranz in the movie “Apollo 13”

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What do you do when the unexpected happens? Our brains are programed to revert to 3 options: Fight, flight, or freeze. But we have another uniquely human super power that breaks us free from the constraints of our primal hardwiring. When we are in a situation with no obvious solutions, it’s time to rely on human spirit.

To tap into the power of human spirit, the first step is to clear our minds. Crack a joke, use breathing techniques, engage in reflective prayer, or simply talk with God. Within the chaos, build a space for calmness and peace. Use your courage and faith to disconnect from fear, open yourself up, and see the situation as it is.


After framing the challenge in a way that’s understandable, triage the risks based on urgency and magnitude. Then, allow all of your senses to feverishly uncover every detail that may matter when creating solutions. Imagine your brain unleashing swarms of neurons to all parts of the body, giving you elevated sensory capacity to detect all things visible and invisible. Although the ideas may not have formulated into words yet, know that an inventory of options is building in your subconscious.


With your brain at work, now it’s time to engage your heart. Through your conscience ask, “What outcomes can I live with?” There is a moral and practical reason to ask this question. Up to this point, your mind has been building solutions based on a single outcome that is probably no longer achievable. By asking this question, a whole range of acceptable outcomes (alternate futures) comes into play. Also, it provides a sense of peace because it’s exactly what your brain needs and spirit wants. The result is that all of the details gathered by the brain earlier are now spontaneously reorganizing into additional solutions that were not previously considered.


Finally comes the point of judgment. Using your gut, ask yourself, “Now knowing what I know, what is the right thing to do?” Gut is required because you still don’t have all of the answers. But what you do have is mind-body-spirit problem solving together with heightened creativity and human resiliency. I don’t know why, but the idea of relying on “gut feeling” goes across cultures and seems to be part of our biology. This initial action coming from “gut” has earned a global reputation for typically being a good one.


Reliance on Human Spirit is a super power often seen in our greatest stories of triumph. The mindset expands utilization of our brain from isolated “thinking” to fully “sensing” the world around us. Understand that when you choose to connect to the power of human spirit, something else is happening. Through you, there is hope! A light begins to shine from within that helps others see.


More in the next section…

God Bless,


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This Week in Training –

“Sometimes You Have to Run to Walk”



Jarvis: Testing complete. Preparing to power down and begin diagnostics.


Tony Stark: Ah yeah, tell you what. Do weather and ATC checks and start listening to ground control.


Jarvis: Sir, there are still terabytes of calculations needed before an actual flight!


Tony Stark: Jarvis… Sometimes you have to run before you can walk.



Tony Stark Testing His Suit in “Iron Man”

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With 20 days left until the West Point Triathlon, it’s time to take some bold steps to accelerate our training.


We have learned every basic technique needed to succeed in its discrete parts. Now in a slightly sleep deprived, semi-exhausted state, our goal is to pull all the lessons together into one big “moment” of spontaneous reactions. Believe it or not, being a bit exhausted is the ideal state of training. It’s when we are too tired to over compensate with strength and must trust technique to complete the task.


Here’s how to do it. Start each workout with an equipment check. It should be the same equipment you will use on race day. Then, imagine what success looks like on the terrain you will be on that day. Get into every detail of what you’ll wear, what you will drink, how you will use gears on the bike, even the mental toughness required to Pose-Fall-Pull on every step of your run, all the way to the day’s finish line. Gain control of every detail you feel worthy of knowing. Identify 2 or 3 risks you could face and have a back-up plan for each.


Then, in one fluid motion… Give it all you got! Odds are your plan is not going to go exactly the way you thought. That’s perfect because the real training at this stage is mental agility under stress. Innovate as you go.  Rely on human spirit to guide you.  Adopt the mentality that failure is only assured, if you choose to do nothing. 


Welcome to the edge of human possibility. It’s time to see what you can do! Learn. Adapt. Accelerate your growth. Be in the moment.


Here is this week’s workout plan.


Monday: Swim 10 x 100m; Run 6 x Hills; Core Strength 1

Tuesday: Bike 60 min; Run 50 min; Core Strength 2

Wednesday: Bike 90 min; Core Strength 1

Thursday: Swim 2 x 500m; Bike 45 min; Core Strength 2

Friday: Run 10 miles; Core Strength 1

Saturday: Bike 2 hr; 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
“Sustain Yourself with 5 Q's”

“This is a test of selective attention.”



--Video from Research by Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabrias

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Is it possible to be in a perpetual state of spiritual connectedness? You bet it is! More on that in the weeks to come… As a first step, here’s how to ensure you prioritize your time toward what matters. Here’s a way of seeing things you would otherwise miss in your daily life.


Start your day by asking the 5 Q’s:


1.  Where is the hidden message that I have not seen yet?

2.  What do I have to be thankful for?

3.  Thinking through yesterday’s activities, which are the moments that really stick out in my mind?

4.  Which event is the most important one to resolve? Pick it and pray about it.

5.  Clear you head. Ask, “What actions am I going to take today to do good and become a better person?


There will be days that you will answer all 5 questions in sequence. There will be days where you will skip around. You may try to do this before you fall asleep and not get past question one. Don’t worry about any of that. Don’t keep score and feel like you failed if you miss a day. Just keep trying to build this into your life. If you sustain this you will experience Spirit that words cannot describe.


Give it a shot.  Make your action plan and go!

The world ain’t saving itself.