If you’ve never heard of David Goggins, you’re in for a treat.
Describing him in just a few words is complicated so I invite you to check his Wikipedia page or, even better, his aptly titled memoir Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds.
I am currently finishing the Audiobook which contains exchanges with him on top of the original text. 13 hours and a half of pure gold.
He’s been a SEAL, an ultra-marathoner and once held the world record for most pull-ups done in 24 hours. Was he gifted at birth? Definitely not.
His early life was a mess and he was obese when he started trying to get in the army. Yet, he slowly discovered his biggest strength: his mindset.
His memoir goes into details of all the hardships he went through his life but one thing is clear throughout the book: he developed the unbreakable spirit that got him where he is today.
One thing he said between chapters in the audiobook struck a chord with me more than anything else though:
“If you’re not moving forward, either you’re getting better or you’re getting worse. If you’re telling somebody ‘Oh I’m about the same’, that means you’re getting worse.”
It certainly couldn’t have been said better.
It doesn’t matter what our goals are in the end. Even if we are currently happy, the status-quo cannot provide long-term happiness.
You might just want a comfortable life for you and your family, a nice but not too taxing job, and just a small group of friends. This might be enough now, but the mind will always ask for just a tiny bit more.
At the very least!
Especially considering our society of consumption, we’re now constantly bombarded with new products to buy, new experiences to have, new places to go or content to see. The list could on and on.
And for this reason, we all need to accept that our lives are just a portion of how good they could be.
If you can enjoy it now and don’t make any extra effort to become better, then your future You will look back in nostalgia instead of awe of the efforts taken.
Any tiny improvement we make contributes to a better self and a better life. If we don’t act, we’ll just be seen as lazy and a waste of time by ourselves in the future.
After all, at the end of our lives, people don’t regret what they did, they regret what they didn’t do.
Do you want to live a life full of regret?
I know I definitely don’t. I’ve already had enough and will try my best to not increase the load of regrets for the rest of my life. Why don’t you join me in this lifelong challenge now?