I’m gearing up for my next set of challenges.  So why do it?  What is the point in all this?  Albert Einstein once said, “Adversity introduces a man to himself.”  This is my story.

In this episode, I talk about

  • How I survived college
  • Mentally breaking down barriers
  • What is next?

Transcript:

Good morning everyone! Welcome to the Path to 1 Million. This is episode 163. So I have been looking at my next set of challenges that I’m going to do during the month of November. And as I was spending a little bit of time yesterday trying to figure out which challenge that I wanted to, then I wanted to check, someone sent me a note and they was like, Hey Cliff. So I’m wondering about these challenges that you’re doing and why are you doing them? Really just basically “What is the point of doing these challenges?” And I thought that was a really good question. The, it kinda took me back in time when I remember that when I graduated from high school, I didn’t think I was very smart. I didn’t think I could really learn anything.

I was a little bit lost. I was a little bit confused. I imagine a lot of people are at that point in time. But I went off and I got my degree in engineering. No one was more shocked that I got my degree in engineering than I was. Cause I was like, wow man, I can actually learn. I can actually be smart. And I went out there and I got engineering jobs and again, it was just one of those things that just really surprised me getting accepted into getting getting my master’s program again, another shocking point that came into my life. But what was interesting was that during my twenties and I often call my twenties my lost years, cause I really didn’t know what I was doing at that time.

I was just kinda like, man, is this, is this the career that I really wanted to pursue or whatnot. When I turned 30, that was like the first time I ever asked myself, “What is it that you want to do Cliff? What is it that you know you want to pursue and what kind of life do you want to have?” And I never had asked myself before that question. I mean, they completely took me by surprise. From that point forward, I decided, you know what, I’m gonna do things that I want to do. But you just don’t walk out and do these things. Like for instance, I had always wanted to learn French. But you just don’t go out and learn French. French was something that requires time. French that requires study. Learning any language for that matter requires time.

It requires study, it requires hours of practice if you want to be proficient at it. Rather than just, you know, sit behind a book or hide behind a book. Cause I knew that if I was going to learn it, I would, I was actually going to go out and speak it rather than just, cause I meet a lot of people that say, “Oh yeah, I took eight years of Spanish or eight years of French or whatever it is.” And then you ask them a simple question and they don’t want to respond. So that wasn’t me. But anyways, it was at that point where I was, I started really doing these challenges and I never called them challenges. I never thought to myself, wow, this is going to be some kind of a mental thing that I’m going to let, I’m going to push forward and see exactly what it is that I can do.

But what was interesting was that every single time that I did one of these things, like when I left high school and I just had this belief that I wasn’t smart. I got into college, I carried that belief with me. Thanks to that belief, it almost got me kicked out. And I had to rewire my brain and say, okay, so I’m not smart, but I need to be smart. So how am I going to get smart? How am I going to make myself smart? And ditto with learning French, right? I did not know how to learn a language. I was like, you know what? I’m going to do this. And I challenged myself to do it. And every single time that I challenge myself to do some kind of an activity, I’ve always learned from it. I’ve always grown from it. I think it has enriched my life and more than anything.

What’s interesting is, and I was trying to think of like an example of this and the only thing I could think of is, is it’s like, like truth is like a crucible, right? And whatever you put in there, if it can withstand the heat, if it can withstand the fire, whatever remains must be the truth. Cause all the other bullshit gets burned away. All that stuff gets fried. All the negativity or whatever it is, all those beliefs that you really don’t have that you don’t hold true, all that stuff evaporates and whatever is left is your truth. Right? In other words, another way to define that would be is your character. And so now that I’m on this quest to define who I am, I never really approached it that way before. And what I’ve realized is that through life is every single time that I’ve broken through a barrier, that barrier has been more than anything, a limiting belief. Something that I have mentally put on myself.

And I keep telling myself over and over over again that that limiting belief must be true. And one of the limiting beliefs that I’ve had ever since I was kid, even up until today, but the limiting beliefs that I always had on myself was like, had to deal with my body. I’m not strong. I’m not fast, I’m not good, I’m not good looking, whatever it is. And I, and I started thinking back to last year, maybe about a year and a half ago, I started this 30 Day Scare Me challenge where I did, I was trying to do something for a 30 day period every single day that would scare me. And when I went back and I took a look at the videos that were there, over half of the videos had something to do with my body. Somehow, some way. And it made me think that this is probably like the weakest link, right?

If I take a look at all of these different aspects in my life, mind, body, business, relationships, and spiritual. The body for me has always been the weakest. That’s the one that I’ve spent the littlest amount of time on. It’s the one that I don’t focus on and I never had like a solid exercise routine before that I’ve ever done. I would go to the gym and if I went to the gym it was maybe for like what, six months maybe at the most. Before one day I just get bored and I don’t want to, I don’t want to do it again. And I think it’s just because going to the gym every day and not having some kind of a goal set for me to be able to achieve this just, I don’t know, it just didn’t hold the same meeting. But when I go out and I do like for instance a 25 by 5k challenge, it’s a defined time frame.

It’s, you know, you do this, you run these 5ks, you can do it 25 times. That to me was an excellent goal. And then the bonus at the end of course is running a 5K in under 30 minutes. Which I’ll actually be doing tomorrow. But that is just something that, that is just something that has helped framed my mind and say to myself, you know, Cliff, you are capable of doing these things if you push yourself, if you challenge yourself. So with these 30 day challenges that are coming up, I take a look at what is something that I can do to challenge a limiting belief on my body. What can I do to exercise my body or push my body just to see what I made of. Once again, putting it in, in that crucible of truth, right? Burn it away, all the stuff and seeing what’s left and what is left reveals character. And character is something that can be molded throughout time.

So the more I challenged myself, the more I believe the better person that I can become because it allows me to take a step back and say to myself, okay, so if I’m facing adversity, then where does the opportunity here inside of adversity for me to learn, to be able to go forward, to push forward and learn something more about myself. So that way I can, I can further define who Cliff is. So that’s the reason why these challenges to me have become more and more important as I go. And I make them a part of my day, part of my, core four in the morning. Part of my primary ritual for the day is to go out and do these particular activities just to see if I really can do them. And then once I do them, you know, what’s the lesson learned?

What does that limiting belief that I knocked to the side? I know I brought this up before. Again, I’m still getting a little buzz off of it, but man, knowing that I ran a 5K in under 30 minutes really impacted my mind. I mean, I was literally floating on cloud nine for the entire day. It made me feel so good. So anyways, just wanted to share that with you today. Some of the thoughts that are rattling around in the back of my head. I thank you guys all for stopping by. I really do appreciate it. I will be back again tomorrow with another story and I will see you at that time. Have a good day.