O.K. I’ll admit it. From time to time, I look for an excuse not to do something. I retreat from what can be accomplished for the comfort and safety of the status quo. One of my goals for 2011 is to minimize and, ultimately, eliminate those moments. Too often, I allow my mind to determine the result of a challenge, even before my body and soul have a chance to take part.
Usually a story of personal triumph snaps me back to reality…or should I say allows me to dream of what can be done. There are literally thousands of examples of profound personal success. These stories help fuel me to reach for goals that are just beyond my grasp.
Rajesh Durbal’s story is one such example.
Born without feet and only one arm, Durbal completed the World Ironman Championships in Kona, Hawaii, this past October. He became the first triple amputee to accomplish the king of all 140.6 mile triathlons. Not bad for a man that completed his first sprint triathlon in June of 2009.
During his training, Durbal coined the phrase “Live Free. Live Amazingly.”
He said, “Live Free came about, crying in pain, running in the rain on my walking legs training for my first Olympic triathlon. I was faced with many obstacles that tried to hold me down, and no one around to help me and all I had was my faith and prayer. I kept on praying wanting to be free from the chains that hold me down – small and large. I wanted to be free, and then Live Free was born.”
“Live Amazingly, came from living life with purpose – Striving to live an amazing life everyday. Amazing is not the mountain tops we look for. Amazing is seeing beauty and peace with simple things in life, knowing your purpose here is larger than a mountain top.”
How Free and Amazing does Durbal live? Enough to stop the biggest race of his life to help another competitor complete his personal goal of finishing Kona. Durbal encouraged Pittsburgh Neurosurgeon, Dr. Joseph Maroon, to finish the race.
“A car came by and shined the lights on his body and legs, and I saw he had no legs and an arm that was malformed. I looked at that; I looked at him and I said, ‘My God,’” said Maroon. “I psychologically had thrown in the towel. I was going to call for an ambulance.” (story and video here: http://bit.ly/gohj0R)
Live Free. Live Amazingly. Make 2011 the year that you fuse your mind, body, and soul to strive for the goals that you thought were just out of reach.