7 Inspiring Tips from People Who Accomplished the Unthinkable

At some point in life we’ve all faced the seemingly insurmountable—whether it’s a long-term goal; an unexpected challenge, or just an inbox that seems to reproduce exponentially overnight. – By Caitlin Giddings

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So how do you approach that challenge—or that deluge of emails and assignments—without panicking, giving up hope, or just making excuses to quit?

The good news is you’re not alone. We spoke with three record-crushing athletes who have been exactly in your position; at the bottom of a mountain or the start line of a daunting adventure. Here’s how they crushed their goals and accomplished the unthinkable—and how you can do it, too. (If you want help thinking up unthinkable adventures, here’s a cycling-themed bucket list with some mouth-watering photography).

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Repeat After Me: You Can Do This

Alicia Searvogel is attempting to break the women’s yearlong cycling distance record of 47, 642km—a record so staggering it’s been in place since 1938. As of today, she’s been riding more than a century every day for 113 days. Going into the challenge, she had one simple mantra: Just show up and ride. That’s how she approaches the day-to-day rigor of spending up to seven hours a day on a bike, rain or shine.

“I remind myself of the question by Tony Robbins: ‘If you could do anything and knew you wouldn’t fail, what would you do?’” she says. I know I can do this. I can do this.”

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