1. Develop and commitment to a well organized, gradually progressive plan which is grounded in the concept of achieving successive approximations. Be accountable to yourself and someone else you trust and set goals, that linked together represent a clear and reasonable path to your end goal.
2. Be tirelessly persistent. In the face of fear, adversity, nay sayers, disappointment, a sock in the jaw from life shake it off, dry the blood and begin again to focus on the little steps and the choices you make on a daily basis.
3. Be resilient. This is really just persistence on steroids. Persistence is moving forward in the face of feeling, “I am tired, this is difficult, not sure if I can do this,” where as resiliency is “I am on my back, I don’t think I can get up, I’m not sure if I have it in me to get up but hell I’m getting up anyways.” As many times as it takes and remember why you started out in the first place.
We can’t control our DNA but we can shape it, we can’t control our history but we can control how we view it and we can’t control life’s calamities but we can control our response and our attitude and that’s a lot.
Be brave and enjoy the run amigos,