Posted: August 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

medium_3913704909So far it’s been a good week. This is the final week of ironing out details and learning technique. I have really enjoyed learning the proper way to swim, but in all honesty it’s been hard. I have improved, and it’s starting to come together. What I have begun to realize is that now that I am getting freestyle technique down, I now need to get my strength level up to maintain good form. Who knew swimming was so hard.

I am determined to learn this new skill. I have caught myself on every free moment watching videos on youtube, reading about it, and practicing form while staring at myself in the mirror like a complete dork. So you can safely say that I am becoming obsessed. But as I read more and more about Triathletes I notice they all are a little strange. But kind of in a cool way. When I look at them I see men and woman that strive really hard to overcome obstacles that are put before them. Usually these people (that the world would call weird) are your business owners, doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and very focused individuals. And I find that fascinating!

But you know in Proverbs 13:20 it says: Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.

So I ask the question; Who do you want to become?

at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in Laguna Niguel, CA.

Here’s a good quote by Warren Buffett “It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates  whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.”

I could not agree more. It seems like in my life I have always been faced with the option to be around the right people and the wrong people. When I say wrong I’m not necessarily talking about bad people, just the ones that are not heading in the direction I would like to go in, or have different standards then I have. I think everyone can relate to that.

I have always been the type of person that will do anything for anyone, no matter the cost to me. That was a dangerous way to live. If someone asked me to help with something I would do it regardless if I wanted to or not. What a hard way to live your life. As I have gotten older I am learning how to say “NO”. And learning there’s nothing wrong with that word used in the right way. I used to not say “No” because I didn’t want to hurt peoples “feelings”. The problem with that is you end up neglecting your feelings, and before long resentment to others sets in.

Training for a Triathlon is teaching me how to be better at saying “NO”. To reach my goal I can’t miss workouts, I have to be there according to plan or I will fall short and not get to where I want to be.

Also to become the man I want to be, I need to surround myself with people that set goals and achieve them. That will not only help me to reach my goal of completing a Triathlon, it will help me to be a better husband, parent, business owner, friend, and servant.

You probably noticed that the title to this post is accountability and you might be asking yourself why?Hannah

Well it’s simple. To be able to complete this goal I needed to surround myself with people that have a similar goal. And the only way to accomplish that is with people that are going to hold you accountable. What I am doing is not easy. And you need people around you that are going to make you do it on the days you just don’t feel like it. Thankfully I have that. And not only are they just friends they are family.

One of my partners is my wife Hannah. This would not be possible if I didn’t have an understanding wife (it helps that she is willing to train as well). Also training with us is my brother in law Alex and sister in law Ashley. Because of this team, and the commitment we all have made I know we can reach our goal.

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