1. What is your daily focus, routine or ritual that you practice that starts your day off on the right foot?
Motivation, it can come in the simplest of ways, from a cup of coffee outside as the sun comes up to some inspirational youtube videos to a simple meme that a friend posted on Facebook. This can also come from watching neighor's getting in their run and or rides for the day.
2. What is your biggest NDCQ moment? And/Or how does Not Dead Can’t Quit motivate you?
I have surpassed many of my challenges, I have set many goals that challenge me and keep in mind that the shortest way to completing the challenge is forward. This really come to light in March of this year, I signed up for the Bataan Memorial Death March in White Sands N.M. because of the cooties scare it was cancelled, I had been training for this and well I have to do something. Locally there was a various distance race set up so I set to take advantage and go a distance longer then the marathon I was set up for, I knocked out the 50k course. I was in the last few miles of the 50k course, my run was gone I was walking with some urgency but the run was gone. I come up on the last aid station and I was done, I could quit and just walk back to the truck and go home, right? quitting and walking back to the truck was the same distance as if I quit and still am walking out, what good is it to quit, I still have to walk out of here. I was working on the mind set that I had used up my 40 percent. I have been reading many books from Navy SEALS from this era and they can be so motivating in there words, many of the quotes keep coming to mind as I finished my first "ULTRA Marathon" in just over 10 hours.
3. What is your next personal target? Do you feel that having an NDCQ mindset and using the Not Dead Can’t Quit mantra will help you in achieving that target?
I as many have a shooting range full of personal targets. sense last fall (2019) I have been wanting to lose weight and get in much better physical condition. Fast forward to New Year's Eve and I signed up for a race format I never thought I would be able to do, a sprint triathlon. Yes, I was very sober and had my wife over my shoulder and she was even more sober than I. I had also signed up for the Bataan Memorial Death March, heavy division; you do a marathon with a 35 pound Ruck. I set out to make many accomplishments, I never set out to be in first place or the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) but to me a lot of times a finish is a win. With the cooties scare going on I am out of work and I only have me to focus on and know that every opportunity I pass by could have been the opportunity to the next great chapter of my life, knowing that NDCQ can and does play a large part in my daily life.