Going out on a L.I.M.B. (original post 1/12/2011)

I wrote this two months ago and I wanted to re-post it because since then I have moved from Life of An Aspiring Triathlete to the newer and better version with Cook Train Eat Race I have also gained plenty of new followers. Allow me to first say Thank You to all of the people who have begun following me since I moved sited. I am humbled by the fact that you have chosen to spend your precious time with me.  I hope I do everything I can to keep you coming back and that I provide you with quality content. This is an important post for me because it is how I live my life.  I love to Lead, Inspire, Motivate and Believe in people.  I love human interaction and enjoy speaking with everybody so that I can learn something new on a daily basis.  As a matter of fact that is one of my daily goals.....try to be better at the end of the day than I was at the start of it.  In order to do that I need to meet with people, shake their hands, ask questions and more importantly listen.  From here I am able to better understand their perspective and can then go out on a L.I.M.B. for them. I hope you enjoy this post as much as I enjoyed writing it and now re-reading it.   =============================== It is Wednesday, January 12, 2011 and this week has already presented itself as the perfect storm.  First I won tickets to the showing of Hood To Coast last night.  This Saturday is the kick-off meeting for Marathon Makeover.  Potential sponsors have been contacting me as well as potential participants.  I have exchanged emails with a runner that I respect so much and thrilled to have had the ability and opportunity to speak with that person on a different level.  I have been asked to give a presentation on nutrition and exercise and the relationship I have with food. This got me to thinking about these instances and more.  What did all of these situations have in common.  How did I fit into each of these scenarios? I came to the conclusion last night while watching Bob on the Biggest Loser train the BL Ranch team on his own and listened to his words.  It all fell into place.  I have gone out on a L.I.M.B. and that is why each of these things has occurred.  If everybody would go out on a L.I.M.B. then the success each person has would become contagious. What does L.I.M.B. stand for you are asking yourself?  It is simple and a mantra I will live by from here on out. L = Lead (in others) I = Inspire (others) M = Motivate (others) B = Believe (in others) As you read that you notice that none of them is in reference to yourself and why is that?  Well if I lead you to reach accomplishments you never thought of getting to, then you will inspire others to do the same.  When that person struggles you will motivate them to reach that goal and show that you believe in them. As these things are taking place all around us we will find it in ourselves to reach higher levels of accomplishments.  We will then remove the barriers that are self-imposed.  Nobody stops you from reaching for the stars, you just don't believe you can stretch that far.  It is a simple way of paying it forward. How can you start?  Ask yourself what you are good at and start there.  Are you good at building websites?  Sign up to be a tutor at a local YMCA to teach others to be better.  You will inspire one, two  or an entire classroom of individuals to create better web pages and they will motivate each other with what they learn.  Of course there will be stumbles along the path, but show them that you believe they can do what they want and they will move forward. I have a passion. That passion is to help others be better than they think they can be.  Come Saturday I will meet a number of people looking for direction.  I will lead them down the path of wellness using the marathon as a vehicle.  I will inspire them with my story of how I got to Mile 1, then I will motivate them to go to Mile 2 and show that I believe in them by waiting for them until they reach Mile 2.  At that point they will have the confidence to reach Mile 3.   They will then be an inspiration to their family and friends that all is accomplishable and can't is a four letter word never to be spoken again.
Can you got out on a L.I.M.B. today?
Tell me your story about how you led, inspired, motivated and believed in somebody or something.
Jason Bahamundi

About the Author:

I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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