We’ve been busier than usual the last few weeks due to the annual surfing trip (where I was woefully unproductive outside surfing and eating fish tacos) and preparing for – and running over the past weekend – the marathon. It’s hard to believe we trained for 4 months, and close to 700 km of running, to prepare for that one, single 42.2 km run. With a few days of rest, I’m back to walking like a normal person again. Reflecting on completing this milestone had me thinking about living life intentionally. A lot of times, I seem to observe people living life unintentionally – they just seem to let life happen to them rather than discovering what they actually want, setting a plan to get what they want, and executing the plan. If you live unintentionally, you’ll wake up one day to realize the tragedy of your circumstances. When you have a dream, create a realistic plan to achieve that dream, collect data along the way, and start executing, it’s amazing what you can accomplish. Here’s some musing on 3 recent examples from my life where intentional living has produced outstanding results.
We were recently in Portland for a little extended weekend fun (summer really has been a lot of fun, hence the sporadic posting around here lately). Portland is like a second home to us by now – we’ve been enjoying being tourists in the city for the past 3 years. The World Domination Summit was going on over the weekend, so it was fun to see all the attendees scattered around town with their name badges and backpacks. We went back in 2013, but have “un-conferenced” ever since. This year, we didn’t even end up going to any post-conference meet ups (we also ended our Guinness World Record breaking streak). However, we did run a stunning 10 mile run in Portland along the Willamette River that has been one of the coolest things we’ve ever done in Portland.
Imagine: it’s early Saturday morning; you’re snooze-forever exhausted after intensively exercising for 3 days in a row during the weekday; you need to go stomp out 32 km. Ouch. The good news is you don’t need to run 32 km! But we do. But that isn’t until mid-September when the Saturday training runs get to its zenith. Marathon training has descended upon us. The first week of training is done, with 4 runs in the bag totalling a distance of 24 km… about that one training run in mid-September. I’ve been reading Influence by Robert Cialdini. It’s great. I can see where Charlie Munger picked up many of his mental models in psychology through Cialdini. I’m going to experiment with the mental models of commitment and consistency bias to ritualize behaviour throughout our marathon training in order to hammer home habit formation through ritualization, which hopefully will make the long Saturday morning runs easier to tackle.