According to a wide variety of neuroscientists (experts), we begin a linear “hockey stick” of progression from age 19 to age 27. We grow, don’t get me wrong, prior to age 19. But according to all kinds of research the peak strength, of our physical bodies, really jumps at 19. At 27, however, the human body reaches its summit. In other words, we all have a physical peak. This is great news for our youngest son Taylor as he’s 24 and still climbing physically. Good for him. Bummer for yours truly. I’m 33 years past my prime and, apparently, “slip sliding away.” Yikes…
Once we step beyond year 27 it’s a slippery slope of decline. There have been a number of studies, of late, to determine the rate of decline. In other words, if we peak physically at 27 and the hockey stick of progression begins at 19, we have a 8 year run where we’re getting stronger and stronger and stronger. Got it. So, if it’s a linear progression from 19 – 27 going up, my guess is that it’s fairly linear on the decline too. Following that logic, if we continue to work our declining bones it should take us around 8 years (age 35) to backslide, if you will, to our age 19 strength. Make sense? It did to me until I read about in the book Born to Run. The real number, when our running strength slips back to our running strength at 19 is not 35. Our decline is not linear. Not even close.
64 is the real number.
Are you kidding me? Nope. This number may be hard for you to believe, it wasn’t for me. Want some more evidence? Go to the website for the Leadville 100 trail race. Look back over the previous years winners and notice an Indian sounding name that appears as the winner in 1992, I believe it was. Google his age. Want more. Ask me to tell you the story of the 80 something woman that rode her bike up Mount Iseran, or the three 70 something men that rode just ahead of me all the way up to the top of Galibier. These mountains are “out of category” Tour De France climbs. Translation, the Tour rates it’s mountain climbs from a category 4 to a category 1, with one being the toughest. Out of category means they are beyond classification, too tough for a label.
Nobody must have told them.
Everyday, we challenge individuals at our practices to capture a big dream for themselves that would be physically challenging and give them energy. We want something beyond losing weight, looking good, getting likes, or any other “outside in” motivation. It could be going on a three day cancer walk to climbing Mount Everest or swimming the English Channel. It could be anything but bigger is better when it comes to dreams, friends. Hearts don’t catch fire when the brain signals all it wants is for us to suck less (a client once told me that was his dream, btw). Choose a big dream that brings a smile to your face just thinking about it. Now, gain clarity around why. Why does this dream energize you? Why does it matter? Why now? Why questions are powerful when we answer them with crystal clarity from within. Lastly we ask them the big one – Who would they invite to go along, to be a part of it, to make it better, or to simply support their effort. Who matters most. You and I are not meant to go it a lone, remember, we’re meant to become all one, at least with one other. Together we transform. Always together. So, here’s our recommended PA (productive action) for going from dream to done so.
1. Dream again. Dream big. Dream about something physical that you want to accomplish (Athens Marathon November 8, 2020 for me).
2. Get to the “why’s” behind the dream (This summer took a picture with family in front of original Olympic stadium. Thought how cool would it be to run on that track. Didn’t give it another thought…).
3. Determine who you want to do this with (Krazy client Kyle, upon showing him my pic tells me he’s doing this marathon, the original one, next November. My heart and mind now have a big why. I’m going to run the route of Phiedippides and recall history and why I’m here. OMG, I am immediately a runner, again.).
4. Go and connect others to your dream and allow them to influence it’s direction (Talked to Tay, Miss, FD, Brett, Frankee, and others. Miss is coming, maybe Tay, maybe FD, maybe others. Do you want to join us? You don’t have to do the full. Come and do a half, 10k, 5k, whatever makes you smile. Come.).
5. Choose a baby step to move you toward your dream (I’m running 5 miles 3 times/week and warming up the legs, talking to marathoners, working with Brett and a trainer in Springtime. It’s done so, at least in my mind.).
6. Set up reminders to keep you going with the baby steps until they become baby habits, and then big disciplines down the line (Looking at the route profile, starting gates, stadium pics, and the statue of Phiedippides (The dude).
7.Enjoy the journey. Bathe in beauty. Don’t grind. Find the joy, instead. Look around and marinate on all the good even as you grow tired. Love and laugh as you learn to dream and do as a discipline for living well. Good.
There you have it, friends. There’s the recipe. Now go out and make it yours. Dream and do. Dream and do with another. The truth is that most of us have been listening to some bad, uninformed scripts in our heads. We are buying the lie that tells us that with age, all we can count on is the decline. And a rapid one, at that. This is simply not true. The truth is that we need to dream again. Like we did back in high school or middle school, or elementary school, or whenever it was that we stopped. Today, start it back up. We have an engine meant to be used. Carve out little baby steps of time and effort and get after something that gives you energy. Get someone alongside and it will be so much more fun. Before long, you’ll have more energy and the summit will be back in sight. And, here’s the really cool part. Do not miss this. The same dream and DO recipe applies to your work and to all the other core and opus inspired aspects of your life. Dream and do. The only thing stopping you is you. Who knows, maybe I’ll see you in Marathon. Dream and done so. Good.
Live hard. Love harder (Thanks, Teeks)…