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What Drives You?
A s we take our first steps into 2019, it’s only natural to want to start the year with healthy habits and positive goals. Every day, I strive to give my very best to my family, my clients, and the kids I coach. While there is a lot I want to accomplish this year, I don’t have any new goals for 2019. There’s so much I work on continuously. I want to improve as a husband, parent, attorney, coach, triathlete, and mentor. To accomplish these things and continuously improve, I’ve immersed myself in obtaining as much knowledge and wisdom as possible on the topic of personal growth, as well as developing a top-notch serious injury firm. This is something I’ve been doing for the past few years. As a result, I’ve been doing a lot of reading. There are a lot of great books written by a diverse set of folks who have incredible stories to tell. Through these stories, I’ve learned how to expand my own horizons and what steps I can take to achieve the goals I’ve set for myself.
I was so inspired by Goggins’ story that I did my own “Can’t Hurt Me” routine on New Year’s Eve. It’s a routine based on one that pushed Goggins further. Here’s what I did: Over a 24-hour period, I ran 26.2 miles. It was broken into six runs at 4.36 miles each. The final leg was at 4 a.m. in balmy 4 degree weather. I completed it and looked ahead to the next challenge. My point is that we’re all capable of so much more that we often realize. I hope everyone strives to achieve their next personal best. Pushing your mental and physical limits is never easy, but it’s always worth it. Each time you push your limits, you are left with more clarity and focus in your life. As you kick off 2019, think about taking on a new challenge or try to improve on something you never thought you could. As I look ahead to 2019, my goal is to provide the best client service possible for every injured victim that walks through the doors of VanMeveren Law Group. My other big goal of the year — which I’ve been working toward for some time — is to break the all-time Ironman New Zealand age group record.
If you are looking for more insight into personal growth, I’ve distilled my own reading list down to five books I fully recommend:
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“Can’t Hurt Me” by David Goggins “Start With Why” by Simon Sinek
“Never Split the Difference” by Chris Voss
“Extreme Ownership” by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
“Radical Candor” by Kim Scott
Each book offers something different and worthwhile, but I have to say one book, in particular, really resonated with me over the past few months. It’s the story David Goggins shares in “Can’t Hurt Me.” Goggins is a retired Navy SEAL who defied serious odds to join the SEALs. He’s also the only person to complete U.S. Army Ranger School and Air Force Tactical Air Controller training in addition to his SEAL training. In the end, he built up an incredible resume. But Goggins’ story starts way before that. He had an awful childhood, growing up with abuse and in absolute poverty. He battled depression and obesity before applying to the U.S. Air Force Pararescue, which he was denied entry into twice (for failing the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test). He passed the third time to begin his military career, and today, he’s called the “toughest man alive.”
Let’s make this a great year, and don’t forget to ask yourself, “How bad do you want it?”
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