In previous posts see here and here, I shared with you a motivational story about my friend and NRGTRIBE contributor Major Christopher Story. As I described in previous posts, this Marine Corps Major was preparing to perform his yearly PFT on or near his 40th birthday.
Major Story set a personal goal to acheive a perfect 300 score on his Marine Corps personal fitness test.
As mentioned this was no small feat and at age 40 he boldly shared his vision and goal as motivation for his men and readers on the NRGTRIBE.
Over the first two posts we explored his training approach, challenges, and expectations.
What unfolded during the months since I shared this journey is truly remarkable.
Total Points= 250/300
Situps= 100 / 2 min
3 mile run @ 21 min
Each event was performed back to back.
For those unaware anything over 200 is considered FIRST CLASS for a 40 year old Marine Officer!
The Rest Of the Story
The results speak for themselves. Major Story made lofty goals, applied strong work ethic, and acheived excellent results. But I share this triumph not merely for the athletic motivational aspects but for what Chris accomplished while “Life happened.”
Life happening included a car accident (Back / Neck strains), elbow hyperextension injury during hand / hand combat training, and a sprained ankle while trail running.
“Life” also included helping raise 3 kids under six years of age and serving / leading 700 marines as their Executive Officer. And, physical and normal social challenges aside, Chris stood by his wife who is recieving treatment for and overcoming a cancer diagnosis.
As a physician I deal with illness, trajedy and various human woes on a daily basis. I’m amazed by the range of response to adversity both good and bad. Regardless of age, the human experience and the personal response to “Life Happening” varies tremendously. I can attest from my interactions with Major Story, despite obvious opportunities to make excuses or bow out from his initial goal, he never waivered or complained about his plan, his personal situation, or the challenges he still faces.
Major Story, his wife, and family serve as an example to each of us facing challenges in our lives. I thank them for sharing a small inspiring part of their life’s journey.
Ponder some of the key lessons:
1. Life Happens
2. Attitude shapes our experience and outcomes
3. Goal setting is essential for success
4. Flexibilty and adaptation are key life skills
5. Sometimes we don’t reach our ultimate goals…perseverance is both necessary and noble
6. Even as we age, our bodies are capable of 20x what we imagine
7. Personal Faith, belief in mission, and integrity can move mountains
8. The only easy day was yesterday
I thank Chris for his service to our Country and for the example he sets for each of our readers.