“Then, die.”

Not the usual Upside thought for Monday morning, and yet incredibly relevant.

Since I’ve renewed my health commitment in 2012, I have been pushing myself to the limit as I work with a trainer, and walk with my girlfriend who has been training for a 60-mile walk.

When I came across this story, I had to chuckle thinking back to my 9th grade cross-country coach, whose motto was “No Pain, No Gain”.

Whether you’re pushing hard towards brighter and brighter physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, financial, or relational horizons, I encourage you to apply Bruce Lee’s attitude as you were built to push the limits – and born to succeed.

Here is the story:

“Bruce had me up to three miles a day, really at a good pace.

We’d run the three miles in twenty-one or twenty-two minutes. Just under eight minutes a mile.

So this morning he said to me “We’re going to go five.”

I said, “Bruce, I can’t go five. I’m a helluva lot older than you are, and I can’t do five.”

He said, “When we get to three, we’ll shift gears and it’s only two more and you’ll do it.”

I said “Okay, I’ll go for it.”

So we get to three, we go into the fourth mile and I’m okay for three or four minutes, and then I really begin to give out.

I’m tired, my heart’s pounding, I can’t go any more and so I say to him, “Bruce if I run anymore,” — and we’re still running — “if I run any more I’m liable to have a heart attack and die.” 

He said, “Then die.”

It made me so mad that I went the full five miles. Afterward, I went to the shower and then I wanted to talk to him about it.

I said, “Why did you say that?”

He said, “Because you might as well be dead. Seriously, if you always put limits on what you can do, physical or anything else, it’ll spread over into the rest of your life. It’ll spread into your work, into your morality, into your entire being. There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level.”

You are a born winner; you were hard-wired for success.

I know you may feel like giving up, but the world needs YOU and your brilliance.

I encourage you to examine where you want to push harder, and expand your horizons in 2012, and write out three (3) action items you will do this week. (Yes, get that pen out now!)

You are the only one with your very special life and you were built to continue to grow beyond your current state.

What will you take action on now?

·         No more of the same ‘ole excuses.

·         No more reasons why you can’t.

·         No more story about how you don’t have the money, the time, or the resources.

Your time is NOW.

Do it – or die.

Remember, life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely. Live Upside.

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