When Was the Last Time You Went Balls to the Wall?

by Alexander Heyne · 3 comments

Yesterday I decided to go to the park and run sprints at full speed – as fast as I could possibly run without dying.

I’m talking mountain lion running after you fast, I ran so fast I thought my legs would fly out from under me or start spinning like in cartoons.  I felt like my torso was two feet behind my legs and I was running on air.

The feeling of giving it 100% even if you feel like you literally may die is a feeling not very familiar to most people these days.  It’s not that we’ve grown soft, we’ve just grown comfortable.

Why run full speed if you don’t have to?  There aren’t any mountain lions chasing us, no deer we have to run down and hunt to eat, not even a reason just for mere physical activity.

Why give 100% when only giving 60% leaves me with enough to get by?

Because giving something 100% reminds you of what it feels like to own your destiny.

Giving 100% and then some means every cell in your body is screaming towards some goal, that nothing is left up to fate or chance, and that you can honestly say you did everything imaginable.




So when was the last time you really went balls to the wall?

If you’re like me, and don’t remember the feeling, head to the park and run until you feel like your heart will explode and you’ll pass out.

It’s good for you, and while you’re sucking in breaths it’ll remind you that you’re alive.

Successful people don’t bust their ass because they’re workaholics.  They bust their ass because they realize that time is our most valuable commodity — and that to not give 100% every single day in every single pursuit would be a sin.

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Kacie May 12, 2013 at 11:40 pm

I just did a more-than-awkward series of intense jumping jacks and running man moves in my living room thanks to you. Made me sweat and everything (what guy doesn’t want to hear that? ;) )

I recently started helping a life coach who said once a week at random he rolls around in the sand at the beach near his house like a kid going down a hill. Fucking weird? Yes. But how inspired- I loved it. I need to find me a hill!


Alexander Heyne May 13, 2013 at 10:37 pm

Hahaha Kacie I’m glad I could help with your sandbox roll around plans :P

– Alex


olivia August 26, 2013 at 11:32 am

great article. short and powerful. That video reminds me of that other one about ‘only when you want to succeed as much as you want to breathe’ will you succeed…it’s really good.


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