Goruck Constellation

Goruck has changed over the years. It has had growing pains as well as growing ….. successes? Part of what drew me to Goruck was the community. The people that participated. Sure, some of us would argue during an event. Heated debates on how to move best from point A to point B. But by the end, everyone worked together to the best of their ability. Just like the company has grown, so has the fan base. We have gone through some ups and downs. Inside jokes and skeletons in the closets. Through this group of weirdos I have been lucky enough to be adopted by one such group. Team Awesome.

Team Awesome started from a small group of people that wanted to help motivate each other. We all met through some sort of Goruck channel. Communication was kept through text messaging. Daily posts of what workout was performed or upcoming event. Soon the group needed a better form of communication. Now we use Slack. Not the best answer, but we are working it out. Team Awesome is not large in size. Those pesky Ninjas out number us. What we lack in size, we make up in heart. Each one of the team is there for any other member. Sometimes it is just a resounding “Ya, your boss IS a jerk”. Other times its a “Get off your arse and work out”. The Team has helped me focus on my goals. Helped me understand my course in this crazy world. So much more than writing in my cheating diary. Never trust your diary.

Today’s Team Awesome is different than yesterday’s Team. It will continue to change and adapt. But every member of the team can agree on one thing, TJ has become our TL. Whether he wants it or not, McRib (a nickname I will make stick) has become our Cardinal North. The pure embodiment of doing the harder thing.

This post was supposed to be about the GORUCK Constellation. About how fun it was. About how much I learned. Once I started typing, every reflection was about Team Awesome. How fun they are. How frustrating they are. And how Awesome they are.


A New Day

There are a lot of days in the average American life. If you live to be about the age of 80 you get about 29,200 of the sun rises and the sun sets. That seems like a lot. Over time we set some goals for some of those days. Day two thousand, go to a park. Day 16 thousand, get a new job. We look at the goals as a way to accomplish something before day 29,200 gets here. To be able to say to ourselves “It was all worth it”. Maybe you tell yourself that if you run a marathon, you will look better. Or is your goal to be a better person. Too many of us focus on just one goal. Lose weight. Eat right. Get stronger. Get smarter. But life is not that simple. We are complex beings. I have many goals. Get my business off the ground. Eat better. Finish Goruck Selection. Be a successful husband. Be an even better father. Have a meaningful career. All these things are parts of what I want to be. Each a separate goal. So I split them all up. Focus on one, then the next. Study hard for weeks for a certification. But then I don’t train for Selection. Train for Selection every day for a month. Then I don’t spend the time with my family. Work late every night for three weeks. Everything else suffers. How do you juggle all those goals? How to fit everything in. The first step is to realize that all those goals are part of the same goal. To make a better you. To support the ‘why’. To secure your ‘purpose’. Each of those goals are actually segments that are intertwined in the goal of not waiting till day 29,199 to say “This was a good life”. Every day is a good life. Each day the goal is to make the next day even better. Your purpose, your why, the family, the job, strength, endurance, intelligence, intuition, all woven together like an amazing orchestral piece that is your life. Don’t wait for day 28,800 to think that you could have been more. Don’t even breathe. Move with a purpose. Plan & Conquer. Now.

p.s. Thank you Team Awesome for reminding me.