So What Are You Going To Do About It April 20 2015

(Originally posted Nov. 2014)

So what are you going to do about it? Nine words one might hear on many an elementary school playground. Unfortunately, the person saying them doesn’t always have the best intentions in mind. They might even involve handing over lunch money. Or you might hear them in a tough guy action movie. Usually when you hear them, you can expect a serious beatdown hopefully by the hero. Yes, they can definitely be used for good or evil.

There is a way we can use those words for good to help motivate ourselves to make the right decision and prioritize what’s really important. It usually starts as a question or a challenge.

  • I want to run a marathon, a 10k a 5K a triathlon, an Ironman…so what are you going to do about it?
  • I want to be faster...so what are you going to do about it?
  • I want to do something I love...so what are you going to do about it?
  • I want to lose some weight...so what are you going to do about it?

So what are you going to do about it? The answer could mean a major life changing event or something as simple as shutting off the TV, going to bed earlier and getting up early to hit the gym. Sometimes the answer is nothing at all or you will find that it’s something that can be put off for something more important.

The point is that those words can help you gain control; help you prioritize what’s important; help guide planning and execution; and help make you accountable for things you want to change either in your life or maybe someone else’s.

I have used those words often, probably every day, every hour. Every time I face something challenging, I use them to help guide me. I used them a lot, and still do when I think about what I want to accomplish with 1BandID and they help keep me accountable to my customers and my vision for the company.

I use those words in my training. Recently, I watched my cousin cross the finish line at the Ironman World Championships in Kona. I immediately started thinking about racing more. I've been primarily doing CrossFit for the past two years, and it has transformed my body. I know I'm in better shape now than ever in my life. With that fitness, I realize how much I miss the energy and excitement that comes with a race. I also miss the focus and structure of training, not to mention how it makes me feel mentally and physically.

I want to continue to improve at CrossFit, a sport I’m very passionate about. And I want to transfer my strength, speed and mental toughness to triathlon. I want to complete an Ironman someday, hopefully more than one (maybe after the boys get a little older). Triathlon and CrossFit give me the opportunity to compete and prove something to myself. There is so much to learn and so much to do in my training so I'll use those words to help guide me in determining where to start, what to do next and what I want to ultimately achieve.

That's what I'm going to do about it.