Friday, April 21, 2017

What is Mile 12 Concept?


Have you ever wanted to achieve something that was so big you believed it was impossible to accomplish? Better yet, have you ever set a goal so high other people believed you were absolutely insane, including yourself? A goal so crazy that you did not even attempt it because you believed the doubters were correct when their voices echo “YOU CANNOT DO IT!” as you lay sleepless in bed staring at the ceiling fan blades spin on an endless cycle. You believed the doubters, calling you crazy so you fall in line behind the rest of the followers. But what if you could accomplish a goal that is so crazy that when you accomplish it you even surprise yourself? I’m here to tell you that you can.
Mile 12 Concept is not a person, group, organization or place.  Mile 12 Concept is exactly what it is.  It is a concept, an idea, that Motivates people to live an Intentional Lifestyle while Empowering them to accomplish things much bigger than themselves. The idea of Mile 12 Concept was created from the internal battle I faced when participating in World’s Toughest Mudder.
World’s Toughest Mudder is a 5-mile obstacle course race that is run multiple times over a 24-hour period. This race tests the very core of each participant’s physical and mental capacities. Half way through the race, I began to walk up a steep mountain in the dark, I was soaking wet and cold to the bone. I was completely alone, and the only thing I could see came from the head lamp that was given to me by another racer after I lost mine. It was during this moment, I asked myself. “What the hell am I doing?” my internal battle had begun. “Why would I put myself through this form of physical self-inflicted suffering just to find my physical capacity?” It was during this time the words of the doubters and critics I have encountered throughout my life began to replay over and over again in my head.
“You’re too small to play football." “Your SAT and ACT isn’t high enough for college." “You will never play college football and make the bus." “You will never play or work in professional sports." “You’ll never graduate on time.” “I regret to inform you your GRE score is not high enough for this physical therapy program." “You don’t belong in this physical therapy program, your grades are too low.” “You’re crazy for signing up for Worlds’ Toughest mudder, you won’t finish”.



As I battled through the course, I reflected on these statements. I realized that I had achieved everything people said I was not able to do. I did go to college and I did play college football. I have worked with professional athletes. I did go to physical therapy school and became a license physical therapist. I believed I would finish the race. At the 12-hour mark of my race, I started to believe that after all I had been through in my life, I can motivate others by living an Intentional Lifestyle that encourages people to achieve greatness in their life. I continued to believe that if I can motivate just one person through my actions and words that they are capable of achieving something bigger than themselves then my mission is accomplished. If I could do this, it will make the 24 hours of a self-inflicted beating to find my physical and mental capacity worth it. I found my vision.


My vision and the Concept behind Mile 12 is to Motivate others by living an Intentional Lifestyle while Empowering them to find their mental and physical capacity, exceed their limitations and achieve goals they never thought they could possibly accomplish. Whether its pushing your physical and mental limits by climbing a mountain or finishing an obstacle course race, Mile 12 Concept wants to provide the encouragement and motivation that will change your life and help you accomplish things you believed were impossible.
This website serves as a place for people to share experiences, provide wellness and nutritional tips through online training and informative posts.You will also find yearly/quarterly updates on event weekends that provide leadership/motivational information through an active experience. I hope you enjoy Mile 12 Concept and the positive lifestyle and information it provides to help guide others through to achieve the unthinkable.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


POWER OF 225

“Nobody is better than your best and your best will make you better.”  These are the words of Sean Corvelle, motivational speaker of Tough Mudder, which roared through the crowd as runners wait to start the event. 

The first time I heard these words was in March 2015.  As I kneeled listening with two of my closest friends, I did not realize the positive impact of this day. 

2 years prior to this race, one of my closest friends, Devon, contacted me regarding his weight gain.  At this point in his life he weighed in at 350lbs.  As he spoke, I heard grief and sadness pour through the phone.  Trying to hold back his tears, he discussed with me his discouragement and frustration of his life. 

 When he was finished, I gave him an ultimatum.  “You can either continue down this easy unhealthy path of being unhappy with your weight or begin a difficult positive body transformation. Until you become obsessed mentally about your goals, you will never achieve them. Extreme weight loss is an obsessive life change with a totally different mindset.  You have to be mentally tough to achieve it. Are you willing to do this?” He answered, “I will do anything.” I responded, “Well it’s time to take action and when you become 225lbs, we will do anything you want. We can take a fishing trip or hang out for the weekend. You pick.” 

Over the next 18 months, I saw a complete transformation.  It was the middle of December 2014 when I received his phone call.  “Hey Brian,” Devon said, “you’re not going to believe this… Are you sitting down?” I responded, “What’s up man? Are you good?” With a victorious tone and a sense of pride, he responds, “I’m 225lbs.  I have thought about this long and hard I want to do a Tough Mudder.”


In life, you are going to be presented with a 225lbs challenge. These challenges will be physically and mentally exhausting. These are the daunting situations that make you take a step back and take a real hard look of who you are at this given moment and what kind of person you want to be tomorrow.  Do I want to continue to go down a goalless path of monotony? Or, do I want to change into the positive intentional person I want to be. Devon, decided he wanted to give his best. For 2 years, he fought through the distractions and lost 125lbs.  He gave his goal the best effort and his best made him better. 

Ask yourself, what is my best? Better yet, what is my 225lbs goal?  When you discover your 225lbs goal, become obsessive in achieving it. When you become obsessive, you give it your best. Nobody is better than your best and when you give it your best, your best will only make you better.

STEP INTO A VOLCANO!

When was the last time you broke through the monotonous routine of your comfort zone and into the crater of a volcano? Odds are you probably haven’t.

Recently, my wife and I took a trip that forced us to step out of our comfort zone. We took a trip of a lifetime and visited the Big Island of Hawaii.   This trip forced us out of our comfort zone of everyday life.  While on vacation, we broke the trend of sitting and relaxing.  We engulfed journeyed off the beaten path to see what this island really had to offer.

Before I progress any further with these experiences, I would like to begin with definitions of certain words pertaining to this topic of comfort zone.

Comfort: a state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint.

Zone: a well-defined region.

Comfort zone living is a state in which many people become free of abnormal situations that may create chaos in their daily routine. Deviating from this state of physical ease becomes uncomfortable and stressful.  As a society, we tend to become comfortable and complacent in our everyday life due to the mere fact that it is easy and creates less stress. 
 
We all know this lifecycle: Wake up, get ready for work, drive to work or move to the home office.  When we arrive at work at a job we may or may not like with coworkers we may or may not enjoy, we stare at the clock waiting for the bell to ring for lunch. We come back from lunch and dredge our way through the afternoon hours.  Clock hits a specific time and we drive home, make dinner, move to the couch, watch television and then go to bed. Repeat.

Our daily lifecycle may slightly differ from person to person but the end result is the same.  We tend to become comfortable and complacent in a routine that is difficult to break. But, have you ever thought about what would happen if you stepped out of your comfort zone?

During our trip to the Big Island, my wife and I broke away from this comfortable routine. We traveled from sea level to the visitor center (9,200ft above sea level) near the top of Mauna Kea (13,798ft above sea level). When measured from the ocean floor, this mountain is the tallest on earth.  We hiked the Kilauea Iki trail in the Hawaiian Volcanos National Park which descends into the crater of an active volcano.  With Sulfur dioxide spewing from vents, the floor of the crater is still hot to touch.  After completing this hike through acidic drizzling rain, we ventured out further into the park where we walked on land that is younger than we are. 

 
From hiking in a volcanic crater and jumping off water falls, to whale watching, body surfing and standing on southernmost point of the United States, we stepped out of our comfort zone and ventured into an awesome experience the Big Island had to offer. I challenge you to break through the shackles of your comfort zone and find your own volcano experience.