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A Leap of Faith

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Written by Pat Curran

Posted on 27 June 2017

Last Updated 27 June 2017

 

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Motivational Message:

“A Leap of Faith”



Blind Prisoner: You do not fear death. You think this makes you strong? It makes you weak…

 


Bruce Wayne
: Why?



Blind Prisoner
: How can you move faster than possible, fight longer than possible, without the most powerful impulse of the spirit: The fear of death.

 


Bruce Wayne
: I don’t fear death. I fear dying in here while my city burns, and there’s no one there to save it.

 


Blind Prisoner
: Then, make the climb!

 


Bruce Wayne
: (laughing) How?

 


Prisoner
: As the child did. Without the rope. Then, fear will find you again.

 

 


--Uri Gavriel and Christian Bale
as Batman in “The Dark Knight Rises”

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How do you manage fear? Do you try harder? Vow to never quit? Run away? For a long time, I’d overcome fear by crushing it with anger and remaining stubborn until the moment passed. However, I’ve also found that sometimes fear can cleverly disguise itself as bravery. Specifically in endurance training, I learned that trying harder while using a failing strategy seems fearless, but it actually serves as an escape. It’s a way to end the journey early through an injury and say, “Well, I tried…”

 

There is a unique characteristic about heroes in that they value their life a little bit less than the cause they are serving. That’s incredibly noble, but the thinking is incomplete and exposes a serious vulnerability. A person who is too willing to die for what they believe in can be killed more easily. But a person who says, “Somehow, I must find a way to live for all that I love” is far more likely to fulfill their purpose and complete their mission.

 

The next step in the “Hero’s Journey” is not incremental. It requires a leap of faith. Embrace your fears. Trust in God. Share your burdens. Then, decide to be unstoppable.

 

God gives us fear for a reason. We must allow enough of it to live within us and be willing to give the rest away. In combination with love and anger, the right amount of fear compels us to innovate. It gives us access to strength we never knew we had. A strength that comes from the soul!

 

More in the next section…


God Bless,
--Pat 


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This Week in Training –

“Beware of the Dark Side”


 

Yoda: Yes, run! Yes… A Jedi’s strength flows from the Force. But beware of the dark side. Anger, fear, aggression; the dark side of the Force are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight. If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will, as it did Obi-Wan’s apprentice.

 

Luke: Vader… Is the dark side stronger?

 

Yoda: No, no, no. Quicker, easier, more seductive.

 

Luke: But how am I to know the good side from the bad?

 

Yoda: You will know… When you are calm, at peace, passive. A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, NEVER for attack.

 
 

--Frank Oz (Voice of Yoda) and Mark Hamill

in “Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back”

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Last Saturday, I exited my own “pit of despair” by finding a way to complete all of my run workouts for the week. I did so, by significantly reducing my fear and becoming more adaptive in my approach for completing my training. Here’s how.

 

To reduce fear and distraction, I have decided to follow what I’ll call my “4 Essentials” for marathon training:

        1.  Complete all workout distances any way I can
        2.  Mentally focus on running form with each stride
        3.  Plan my meals to fuel body appropriately throughout the day
        4.  Sustain myself daily with my “5 Q's” for spiritual awareness

 

Notice that my race pace no longer matters. The weight on the scale each morning no longer matters. Even my expectations of where I should be, would be, or could be, no longer matters. Instead, I am choosing to simply follow these “4 Essentials” to be a better runner than I was yesterday.

Adopting my “4 Essentials” gives me the flexibility I need to read the situation and take the best approach possible to complete the full workout. When I get hit with any running fear or anxiety outside of these 4 rules, I simply acknowledge it and give it God.

 

In the next section, we take this approach for purging unnecessary fear to other aspects of our life. The result is an increased focus on doing good, rather than inwardly fighting against one’s self.    

Monday: Swim; Core Strength 1

Tuesday: 4 Mile Run; Core Strength 2

Wednesday: 8 Mile Run; Core Strength 1

Thursday: 5 Mile Run; Core Strength 2

Friday: Swim; Long Stretch

Saturday: 6 x 2 Mile Repeats (Practice Form)
Sunday: Sports with Girls; Long Stretch 

 

*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
“The World I Know”


I drink myself of newfound pity

Sitting alone in New York City

And I don’t know why…

 

So I walk up on high

And I step to the edge

To see my world below

And I laugh at myself

As the tears roll down

 

‘Cause it's the world I know

‘Cause it's the world I know

 

 

Collective Soul singing, “The World I Know”

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For last week’s transformation challenge, the task was to list our greatest fears, mistakes, and issues troubling your heart. For this week’s challenge, we take a leap of faith and seek reconciliation. This is how we embrace the fears that we need and trust God to carry the rest.

 

The first step is to talk with God about what’s on your mind. This is beyond reciting prayers. This is a conversation that builds a relationship. Ask questions. Argue. Yes, I’ll say it… Scream and curse too! Don’t worry, God can take it. Just keep it real and get it all out. Empty yourself.

 

Next, go to your place of worship to seek advice and reconciliation. Take ownership of your choices and seek forgiveness for past mistakes. This is a very powerful thing. Forgiveness is a priceless gift that’s actually free. Financially it costs nothing to send and receive. Also, it serves to “free” people from being stuck in the past.

Sending and receiving forgiveness is a necessary step on the path of reconciliation. Take this leg of the journey and you will see the world differently, change your priorities, and focus on what truly matters.

Allow your humility and God’s grace to heal. 
Seek forgiveness and reconciliation today!

 

 

Acknowledgements:

    "Rocky III" Beach Scene (Thank You, Gina)

    "Glory" Campfire Scene (Thank You, Friends)

    Freedom's Light 2014 - Leap of Faith (Thank You, God)