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Who Are You?

Melvyn Tan
Melvyn Tan
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You Are…

I spoke about when crafting your vision statement, you need to do this. By doing so, you will not be just setting goals to “run at least 3 times weekly”. As I mentioned here, to-dos (run at least 3 times weekly) is not a goal.

And your vision is not about how much you run or how much weight you’ve lost/gained. You could have ran and ran and ran and still not call or see yourself as a runner.

Here’s what you must do.

First and foremost, you must see yourself as a runner. In short, you are a runner.

For me, it wasn’t just about me running every day. It was about me calling myself as a runner. And what does a runner do? Well, a runner runs!

As for the benefits of running, I am fitter than before. I am in better shape. And because I am in better shape, I am physically (and mentally) able to do more than others. And going by the law of large numbers, because I do more, I have a higher chance of succeeding than those who don’t or won’t.

Apparently, there are considerable correlations between fitness and wealth.

Your Turn…

Action: Begin with clearly defining who you are. Consider these:

    • Who are you as a person?
    • Who are you as a friend?
    • Who are you as a parent?
    • Who are you as a child?
    • Who are you as a spouse?
    • Who are you as a co-worker?
    • Who are you as a boss?
    • Who are you as a member of the community?
    • Who are you as a citizen of the world?

Melvyn Tan

Despite living the good life at midlife, I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. My aim here is to reinvent midlife, learn new skills, and understand how the world works post-COVID.