What are some phrases that you love to hear? Phrases that encourage you? Phrases that lift you up? I try to surround myself with positive people that look at life as an adventure, that look at setbacks in their life as experiences to learn from, and people that realize you may give your best effort but not always “win the game”. What type of individuals do you gravitate towards? On the flip-side, are there personalities that you flee from?
If you have been following this blog, the past three weeks has been about The 5 Laws to Stratospheric Success (Significance); what is it, how do you get it? Basically, the premise to getting success is by GIVING. Everyone can give, it can be giving of your time, talent, or treasure but to get you must GIVE. How you choose to give is unique to you, it should be natural, and it should attract others. Me? I love to give free workouts… simple, natural, and it gives me energy to give my energy to others.
It all started two years ago when I met a guy named Joe. Joe lives in Colorado and GIVES away free workouts. Hundreds of people show up for Joe’s workouts and in return Joe’s business has exploded (in a positive way). Joe’s passion and willingness to GIVE of himself energized me to start a similar workout in Des Moines called the Wednesday Night Suffer-Fest. “What’s the catch?” was asked often. “Why are you GIVING away free workouts?” No catch other than we had the “change bucket”. Attendees were asked to throw their loose change (treasures) into a bucket thus the name “change bucket”, pretty clever, heh? Each month we chose a different group or charity for our donation. Each month the amount of change grew in number. Some months the “change” became new & used shoes we ultimately shipped to Ghana, Africa. What was cool to see was that what started as 5-8 regular attendees grew into 40-50 people. It wasn’t the workout, ok maybe part of it was the workout, but people really like to GIVE. One individual brought in 300 coloring books and crayon boxes to ship with the shoes to Ghana. Examples of GIVING just kept coming in, people wanted to GIVE. Winner, winner, chicken dinner!
Wednesday Night Suffer-Fest had a great run, due to space limitations and time conflicts it did not continue this past year. If anyone knows of a big open indoor space that is available the Suffer-Fest could be re-ignited!
Going back to the first paragraph, I love “can do” people! But I also realize that not everyone is wired that way. Call it the classic battle between Nature Vs Nurture, maybe it is a lack of role models, maybe it is not just who they are, the list goes on. My life has been blessed by many people with ”can-do” attitudes; my parents, coaches, business mentors, and friends. They have GIVEN me the power to say “iCan”!
In the spirit of paying it forward, Coach Loran wants to help individuals say “iCan” to two things; run a marathon, and GIVE. Introducing the “iCan” Project for Central Iowa (insert drum roll). What is the “iCan” Project? Twelve people (6 male and 6 female) will be selected form a pool of thousands (hopefully) that have said, “I CAN’T run a marathon”. Whatever the reason each person says “I can’t” will be different; maybe it is time, ability, motivation. Coach Loran will work with each individual but the change has to come from within, nobody can change you, you must be willing to work on yourself.
Each participant will receive 16 weeks of customized training, running form analysis, weekly group runs, and unlimited support from Coach Loran so on Sunday, October 21st, 2012 they will be standing on the starting line for the IMT Des Moines Marathon saying, “”iCan” do this!” Then within a few hours the “iCan” will be turned into “iDid”.
Catch? Yep, there are two catches. Catch number one, each participant must pay their own entry fee into the marathon so they have “some skin in the game”. Catch number two, each participant will receive from Coach Loran a copy of the book The Go-Giver by Bob Burg. Each participant must read the book by week 4 in the training to continue on with the program. That’s it!
- To be considered for the program, individuals must complete an on-line application found here: iCan Application.
- Applications are due by June 10, 2012. Selection and notification will be done by June 18, 2012. Training starts on June 25, 2012.
- Participants must pay their entry fee to the IMT Des Moines Marathon by June 25, 2012.
- Participants will be GIVEN a copy of the book The Go-Giver.
- Participants must have read the book by Sunday, July 22, 2012 to continue on the program.
It’s that simple. What can you do? Help by sharing this with as many people as you can, thank you!