My career has been predominantly in Change Management and after almost thirty years, I have a pretty good depth and breadth of knowledge. I’m very grateful to someone I worked for many years ago at O2 who taught me an important lesson in implementing any change, proper Root Cause Analysis for real, lasting change to occur. I chose my career wisely, as I believe we are all in a state of continual evolution, hence Change is and always has been my friend. When you meet new people and tell them you are running around the world, it inevitably starts quite a discussion. Surprisingly most of the discussion is not about running, but rather the journey I am on and why this is so important as part of my evolution.
‘I’m running the World’ is quite a statement though and I’ve been doing a bit of Root Cause Analysis myself, since my last post, perhaps triggered by the topic of honesty. I realised that although I’ve embedded some huge positive changes in my life in the last few years: starting running again, stopping smoking and drinking alcohol; there are some lingering root causes which are preventing me from being the best I can be. Some physical, some mental, and to succeed in Running the World, I cant fake it.
I want, and need to be, in peak shape physically, mentally and spiritually to achieve such an ambition. It’s not about looking good superficially, but being holistically healthy and addressing the root causes. This self reflection combined with a bad chest infection for the last three weeks, made my mind up about postponing the start of my next stage of Run Europe. Instead of running a marathon in snow covered mountains as I leave Eversberg en route to Czech Republic, I’m sat in a Clinic in Bad Pyrmont, Lower Saxony looking at snow covered forests.
I’m here for 10 days of therapeutic fasting, mindfulness and holistic health. My laptop is in the office, my phones are off and my iPad is only connected to post this. I’m fasting for 10 days using the Buchinger method of remedial, therapeutic fasting founded by Dr. Otto Buchinger over 90 years ago. The aim is simply to allow my body to heal itself. I’m also giving myself this time to consolidate the knowledge and experience I have about Ayurvedic breathing, eating, meditating, yoga and daily living with Chi Running, strength training, hypnosis and mental programming. By removing distractions I hope to emerge having adopted daily practices that will allow me to be the best I can be. That means not simply a new training plan, but a holistic daily lifestyle routine, which incorporates running and enable me to stay healthy in mind body and spirit.
Running is my meditation, almost like the ancient Greeks and I want to be able to run for as long as I’m alive. That will only happen if listen to my body. It is not about pushing myself past my limits with mind over matter, rather achieving peak performance with total mind-body connection. This will not only enable me to Run the World but be as good as I can be in all aspects of my life.
My goal of Running the World and this year completing the first stage with Run across Europe is not in doubt! In fact I am more confident today than I have ever been.
Enjoy your next 10 days, take some time for you too!