[UPDATE: I survived I ran the Rat Race in 5 hours 25 minutes and finished as number 1013 (from 4425 participants who finished the full mucker).]
You are the only person in the world who can decide if you enjoy your life or not. In life, we encounter many obstacles (physical, emotional, relational, …). And every obstacle is different. Some are big, some are small, some are obvious, some are hidden, some only happen once and other recur after a while, … No matter where you are born; your age or the kind of job that you do, we all have to face different obstacles during our lives. You decide if you look at these obstacles as problems or perceive them as challenges to grow. This blog will use the ‘obstacle run’ as a metaphor of our lives. You can find some extra information about a ‘real obstacle run‘ at the end of this blog-post.
Yes And Act
The Yes And Act manifesto can help you to change your mindset towards these obstacles. The manifesto is for people who believe that (almost) anything is possible. For the manifesto-believers, life is an obstacle run and you choose freely to participate in all the aspects of life (the beautiful ones and the obstacles). They approach every obstacle as an opportunity to learn something new. Let me describe the three big pillars of the manifesto and compare them to an obstacle race.
YES – Go for your dream & suspend judgement
AND – Explore alternative perspectives & Imagination
ACT – Get into action and experiment
What’s an obstacle race?
An obstacle course is a series of challenging physical obstacles an individual or team must navigate usually while being timed. Obstacle courses can include running, climbing, jumping, crawling, swimming, and balancing elements with the aim of testing speed and endurance
[wikipedia]. I use the obstacle run as a metaphor to conquer different challenges in our lives but you can also participate in a real obstacle run. These runs became more and more popular in the last years and millions of people have already participated in those races. A few years ago, an obstacle run was only known in the military environment. It was a physical challenge for the recruits to overcome all kind of obstacles (where they had to show strength and endurance. And it has still the same purpose – improve your strength and endurance – but the runs are now attracting a much broader audience. In the last two years, the obstacle runs really became popular and you can find many races all over the world. A few famous obstacle races are the Spartan races, the strong viking runs, Run for your lives, Though Mudder and in the UK, you can participate in the World’s Largest Assault Course run (20 miles and 200 obstacles – the author of this blog is so crazy to register for this race in May ;-)). There’s even a world series championship for obstacle runners.
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