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I did it! I ran my half marathon on Saturday and reached my goal.  I had set a goal to run the 13.1 miles in under two hours.  Now that is not a fast time, but for an “older” guy who has never run that far in a competitive environment, it was pretty darn good for me.  I had trained for over three months, I was dedicated to running this race, but was concerned too.

You see I had trained for a marathon years before and hurt my knee only three weeks away from day.  It was devastating.  All that training down the drain.  Even though it was only a half, I still had some serious concerns:

  • I was concerned about not finishing: did that
  • I was concerned about getting hurt: that didn’t happen.
  • I was concerned about not finishing my training: that didn’t happen.
  • I was concerned about not getting into the race (I forgot to sign up and was told the race was closed, but somehow was allowed to run): that didn’t happen.

I overcame these obstacles and others to run the race, finish the race and be under my goal.  My official time was 1:55:46 and I was ecstatic!  It was great to be able to say I ran a half marathon.  But it is even more satisfying to say that I sacrificed by all of my training hours, eating right and actually following through and reaching my goal.

Sometimes in life we need success in one part to jump start us in other parts of our lives.  We all too often put work, what we do, as the number one priority and without success in that part of our lives, we deem ourselves failures.  But what about the other parts of your life that are even more important:

  • Faith
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Health
  • Social Time
  • Personal Growth

By setting a goal, working on the goal and accomplishing that goal in one part of my life, it will spill over to the other areas of my life, including work.  Our purpose in this life can never be one dimensional. Lately I have been frustrated with my work and church, my training gave me a positive outlet for my frustrations and a way to channel my energy in a positive way.

I would encourage you to do the same, it may not be a half marathon or even running.  It could be a new group at church, building a stone wall around your house, planning a big outing with you family or a hundred other things.  Find something that will give you a purpose in one of those big areas of life, your will be glad you did.

 

 

The Time is Now!

March 29, 2013 — Leave a comment

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My big day is upon me.  Tomorrow I will run my first half-marathon.  Which is one of the reasons I haven’t podcasted very much or posted very much in the last few weeks.  I have been training for this event.  I have run the miles that I need to run to be able to run tomorrow and meet the goal I have set.

I have discovered that training for a marathon is a metaphor for success in life.  Life is about training in many ways, often when you don’t even realize it.  You are training when you are in school for your life.  Many of us didn’t realize at the time, but ever though we didn’t think we would use algebra later in life, we would use the discipline it would take to pass our class in real life.  In life we need the discipline of homework (doing the work), the tests (to check and see how we are doing) and the report cards (accountability) to keep us moving forward.

I have been thinking about these things as I have been running.  Why am I training?  Why can’t I just show up and do it? The answer is obvious to those who run.  We would die!  And so it is with much of life, we need to train ourselves to be successful later in our lives.  I need to do my miles on those afternoons when I don’t want to run.  I need to do my miles on those mornings when it would be better to remain in bed.  But still I trudge on becasue I know I won’t be ready if I don’t.

Training for my half has taught me much in dedication and passion.  Without both, you won’t have stomach to see it through.  And without purpose the dedication and passion will fall short too.  I am running with the purpose to finish under two hours to see if I can.  Why?  Because I am dedicated to health, to being there for my family later in life and to see if I still have what it takes.

I will let you know if i reached my goal of under two hours.  But no matter what, I have succeeded by doing the work and showing up each day, with purpose.  Talk with you later, until then, peace.

Are You Alive?

February 18, 2013 — Leave a comment

I-Am-AliveI think we need to ask ourselves this question: Are we alive?  Sure, most of us are breathing and moving around the planet reasonably well, but are we really alive?  I was asking myself this question on a recent run.  For me I need to get away from it all and get outside and move.  I like to run.  On a recent run I was struck by the fact of how alive I felt.

I was healthy.  I was moving.  I was thinking.  I was planning.  I was sweating.  I was alive.  I am not sure what struck me with such force, but I was moved by the fact that I was able to do all of these things and do them well. I am convinced that we need to move our bodies in order to think and create.

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Today we talk about Lent and what I am going to fast from, we talk about the resignation of the Pope.  I swapped my Droid for and Iphone and I love it!  It has simplified my life as I can seamlessly go between by phone and Ipad with ease!  There are some great apps:

These are two of my favorites.

Also, during Lent I am planning getting super organized!  Yard, garage, office, school and cars are going to be super clean and neat.

Valentine’s Day is on the way, tomorrow, but I am waiting for the flowers to drop!  How about you?  I may not be buying flowers, but I am making a great meal for my wife – and daughter.

So sit back and relax or take your iphone and go for a run and listen for the next 45 minutes.

New to Purposeful U?  Then make sure you listen to My Story, the first podcast I produced, and head on over to my personal blog, Todd B. Freese and over to the podcast that my wife and I do weekly, Two Teachers in Texas.  Be sure to leave a comment on both blogs and of course here as well.

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Lent – A New Start

February 12, 2013 — Leave a comment

lentagain-largeOftentimes we are looking for a fresh start, a new outlook on life, a new direction or a new purpose.  If you are a Christian then you have probably heard of Lent.  What is Lent?  Lent is a 40 day spiritual journey reminiscent of the journey that Jesus took in his 40 days in the wilderness.  We commerate that, sort of, by using this forty day time, minus Sundays, to fast and live more simply.

You will remember that Jesus went into the wilderness after being baptized, he ate or drank nothing for 40 days to strengthen himself for the upcoming trial by satan, and for his ministry that was soon to follow.

I look forward to Lent, it is a time to live more simply and fast from something and add something in its place.  By fasting we can take that time and focus on our spiritual disciplines, like Bible reading, prayer, worship, giving, and service to others.  I love this time.  Need some ideas of what to give up?  Here are a few:

  • Coffee
  • Soda
  • Alcohol
  • TV
  • Video Games
  • Meat
  • Sweets
  • Movies
  • Internet
  • Phone
  • Gossip (Good all the time)

What a great time to be reflective and discover your purpose.  The time you would normally use in the above activites could be put to use for discovering your purpose and growing.  Just an idea.

Why not give it a try, even if you are not “religious” you can certainly use the discipline for your own introspection and growth.  Who knows, you might even discover your true purpose in this life.

Here is resource to help you during Lent.

 

 

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Today we podcast from the open road.  I am on the way back from dropping off my nephew in Monahans, Texas.  It is a beautiful Sunday evening in West Texas and Todd podcasts while driving home.  We spend a day at the Lawyers office in mediation, this is not the way I recommend spending the day. I learned a bunch about negotiating and human nature, plus we received a settlement.

I graded a ton of papers, I mean a ton of papers!  But I got much done and it was because I started!  Wherever you are, START!  I rediscovered the power of getting started and acting!  The idea of action is the key to getting unstuck.

We are still eating no wheat and am trying to fit all of my physical body healthy through running and it is tough getting it in, so I am trying to run in the morning. I am not discouraged, even though I am behind, already, in my goals.  We did some smoking, meat smoking that is, brisket and chicken, Texas style.  And I finished the latest Vince Flynn novel, Act of Treason, wonderful read.

So sit back and relax or take you iphone and go for a run and listen to me for the next 45 minutes.

New to Purposeful U?  Then make sure you listen to My Story, the first podcast I produced, and head on over to my personal blog, Todd B. Freese and over to the podcast that my wife and I do weekly, Two Teachers in Texas.  Be sure to leave a comment on both blogs and of course here as well.

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Today we talk about a few items, including, my running, my early rising plan, a diet we are on called Wheat Belly, my good friend Don Wharton came to town, I was able to preach at church today and today is NFL conference championship Sunday and I have no team to root for.  Plus I am writing a book each morning and reading a couple by Vince Flynn and the 100 Dollar start up.  And of course, we talk about some movies: Dr. No, Taken 2 and Gangster Squad.

Baseball lost two greats, Earl Weaver and Stan “The Man” Musial.  Both will be missed.  I have a video link below to an argument featuring Earl and umpire Bill Haller, no young kids should watch this!  Bad language!

So sit back and relax or take you iphone and go for a run and listen to me for the next 45 minutes.

New to Purposeful U?  Then make sure you listen to My Story, the first podcast I produced, and head on over to my personal blog, Todd B. Freese and over to the podcast that my wife and I do weekly, Two Teachers in Texas.  Be sure to leave a comment on both blogs and of course here as well.

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Today I interviewed my friend and Christian song writer, singer, author, comedian and movie producer, Don Wharton.  Don is appearing at St. Paul Methodist Church on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 6:30 pm to preview his new film, Life at the Back Fence.  Listen as we talk about Don’s life and his future plans.

Don’t know who I am?  Listen to My Story to see where I came from and where I get some of my ideas. Don’t forget to visit my blog about life as a teacher at Todd B. Freese and my podcast with my wife at Two Teachers in Texas.

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Today we talk about that awful event over the weekend, among other things:

  • The Denver Broncos loss, aargghh!
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  • We talk about things at the church
  • Todd mentions several podcasts he listens to, they are listed below.
  • And some stories from some very special ladies at our church.

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This week we talk about S.M.A.R.T. goals and some of my goals for the upcoming year and how to get those done.  History is my discipline of choice and we talk about Ben Franklin, a little, and some other history stuff.

Plus we talk about church and my early to rise challenge.  I am trying to accomplish more in the coming year.  How am I going to find time to get it done?  My choice was to use Andy Traub’s Early to Rise Book and try to reset my clock for 30 days by arising at 5 am.  Can you do it?  I am trying and have had pretty good results: two podcasts, a few thousand words written and a book read.  Pretty effective so far, listen to see how I have done it. I am using Srivener to write my book, you can too.

Don’t know who I am?  Listen to My Story to see where I came from and where I get some of my ideas.

Don’t forget to visit my blog about life as a teacher at Todd B. Freese and my podcast with my wife at Two Teachers in Texas.

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