The Best Around

So over in my daily emails, (subscribe here) I was talking about this kid I used to coach in cross country and how everyone saw him as a hero.

 

You’ll have to excuse me today, because this one may come off a little strange because I’m just going to continue the story where I left off in my daily email. Again, if you want to see how the beginning goes, you gotta subscribe.

 

So Jon, this little kid that everyone liked was not liked because he was so nice or people saw the potential for him to be great. Jon was liked because he was not there to compete.

 

I mean yes he was there to compete, but not with everyone else. He already knew after his for career race after the second to last place guy beat him by almost 10 minutes. But what set him apart and why everyone loved him is because he was there to compete against himself.

 

While everyone was there to compete against each other. It was clear that Jon was there simply to race against his time from last week.

 

So short story even shorter, the best way to be a hero is to know why you go out every day to compete. No, it shouldn’t be for medals or for bragging rights.

 

The way to become and remain a hero is to fight for a cause a legitimate cause that a lot of people can get behind and that nothing and no one can ever divert you from.

 

What is your cause? What makes you a hero? Ask yourself, “why”?

 

Jerry “short and sweet” Washington

P.S. You’ll have to forgive me, I actually had writer’s block and just really ran outta time there. This P.S. is a little later, but I think it’s just as important for us to think about writer’s block and why it happens. I’ll share with you, my theory tomorrow. Check in to discover what you can do to stop missing out on all those opportunities for success.  Talk soon…

 

You Nervous Bro?

 

That’s what my training partner and favorite

Block holder throughout my NCAA career said

As I was warming up before the start of my race.

 

“Naw,” I replied as I continued on

Jumping up and down to get my legs ready.

But let me give you some context here.

 

Imagine this.

It’s the 2002 NCAA conference championship

And it’s in St. Peter, MN which happens to be

Where I’m enrolled at good ‘ole GAC or

Gustavus Adolphus College if you’re one of

Those refined midwesterners

 

I was about to run the biggest race of my life

In front of my home crowd on the track I

Practiced on just about daily (in snow even)

Was I nervous? HELLZ YEAH!!!

 

You see broham, the part I left out was that

Moments before the race, my block holder

And best friend had just woken me up from

A literal 2 hour nap.

 

I was so excited about the very prospect of

Running on my home turf, so to speak, that I

Just couldn’t sleep the previous night.

 

After my first race of the day I was gassed

And decided to lay down, but I didn’t

Think I’d be deep in REM sleep

10 minutes before the starting gun.

 

So as I was jumping up and down trying to

Warm-up legs that felt like they were still asleep

I kept telling myself this 1 thing…

 

I’m excited!

 

I would like you to consider the difference

Between excited and nervous

 

What is your body like when you’re excited?

Your palms get a little sweaty

Your heart beats faster

Your stomach turns knots…

 

Now what’s it like when you’re nervous?

Your palms get a little sweaty

Your heart beats faster

Your stomach turns knots…

 

Exactly!

 

One of my coaches taught me that

Your body responds the same way if

You’re nervous or excited.

So whenever I start to feel a little nervous

I just tell myself that I’m getting excited.

 

The mind is a very powerful thing

But it has a quite a few loop holes and

Back doors that can be easily exploited

Which can lead to interesting results.

 

If you’re interested in learning more

About how you can “trick” your mind

Into creating success in your own life.

Click below to join my private

Facebook group Project SELFFY

 

Jerry “excited” Washington

 

P.S. I won’t leave you completely hanging…
 
I ended up running the fastest race of my life
 
And setting the conference record that actually
 
Still stands to this day. Talk soon…

Wanna Get Lucky Tonight?

I was just doing some cleaning up around the house

And I picked up an award from my college conference championship.
I kinda chuckled to myself.
Because I thought about how shortly after running the event
My legs were like flaming yule logs

And flashes of me rolling in the infield trying to untie my shoes

With cramps in every muscle in my body sent a smile to my face.

Thinking back, as I heard the announcer tell the crowd that my
Time was (still is) a conference record and the crowd was lucky
Enough to witness the best performance ever on the track to date.
I thought to myself, lucky them…
You see luck is all a relative term. 
Many people attribute luck to those that have more success than them.
Saying that they had the right environment or were lucky enough to know 
The right people and act at the right time.
While I’m not going to deny that it does play a part
I would have you consider that people
Like Kevin Hart (who just surpassed Jerry Seinfeld in ticket sales)
Or Oprah, or anyone who seems like they just came out of nowhere
Did not just come out of nowhere, but were actually there 
The whole time busting their asses to get where they are today.
It’s not a matter of running through walls till 
Your brains leak through your nostrils
But it certainly is not sitting around thinking that
Everything is going to work out for itself because supposedly
God wants you to struggle through just enough “tests”

So that you receive good blessings.

Luck is about finding ways to learn and

Accepting the fact that you are going to experience pain

But through pain, you will learn the lessons that will help you to

Grow like a seed through the dirt and muck, up into the light. 

Luck shmuck, if there’s one thing I’ve learned from living in a 
Moldy basement for half a year and with a car that didn’t go in reverse, is that
Nobody is gonna give you anything and when you get “lucky” it’s
Because you have done something in the past that has put you in the situation
To receive that good fortune.
You want to “get lucky?”
Learn how to copy nature and plant seeds that will germinate
Into freaking awesomeness.
It’s easy and I can show you how

Click the link below if you’re feeling lucky

Jerry “Luck Charm” Washington
P.S. As I grow older, I believe less and less in good or bad luck. I’m starting to believe more in the fact that in everything there is a lesson. You can say it’s God trying to teach us something, mother earth, or some other infinite source. It’s not a matter of your belief of who you should pay spiritual responsibility to in order to receive good fortune. It’s a matter of recognizing opportunities to grow and taking them so that you can deserve what you think you should be lucky enough to receive. Talk soon…