Travis Macy is a speaker, author, coach, and professional endurance athlete. He is the author of The Ultra Mindset: An Endurance Champion’s 8 Core Principles for Success in Business, Sports, and Life, and he set a record (since broken) for Leadman. Joining Travis is his father, Mark Macy, a successful businessman and outdoor enthusiast. Together, they form an inspiring father-son duo, navigating both thrilling adventures and the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.
In this powerful episode, Larry sits down with Travis and Mark Macy to explore their remarkable journey. They share their experiences of intentional manufactured adversity, endurance races, and facing the complexities of Alzheimer’s disease. Through their conversation, they highlight the importance of resilience, embracing uncertainty, and seeking support during difficult times.
The Macy duo has embraced intentional manufactured adversity as a means to discover their inner strength. From endurance races to challenging adventures, they have learned valuable lessons of commitment, perseverance, and never giving up. Their journey serves as an inspiring example of resilience and overcoming even the most daunting obstacles.
While their journey took an unexpected turn with Mark’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis, Travis and Mark approached it with love, compassion, and an unwavering determination to make the most of every moment. They emphasize the importance of cherishing the present, embracing uncertainty, and finding joy amidst difficult circumstances.
Their extraordinary journey demonstrates the strength of the human spirit and the significance of familial bonds. Travis and Mark inspire listeners to embrace challenges, seek support, and find strength in the face of adversity. Their story reminds us that with love, determination, and unwavering support, we can overcome even the most daunting obstacles and find joy in the journey.
- Show up and be present.
- Follow through on commitments.
- Treasure every moment together.
What You’ll Learn
00:01:16 Adventure and physicality unite.
00:09:36 Live life to the fullest.
00:20:59 Resilience through adversity.
00:27:27 Never give up on your dreams.
00:27:56 Follow through on commitments.
00:38:57 Ask for help; courage and leadership.
00:44:39 Love and appreciate family.
00:53:34 Be a supportive father.
01:00:05 Live an adventurous life.
WHAT IF WE SEE THE LONG GOODBYE AS A GIFT?
By Travis Macy
No one wishes for “the long goodbye,” and it’s generally presented as a struggle. That’s true; the long goodbye is a monumental struggle. But what if we can simultaneously embrace it as a gift?
A chance to really live with purpose as a family.
A chance to grow wise: uncertainty is undeniable; patience is paramount; the mystery is the magic; the process IS the point.
A chance to grow in thinking creatively, loving deeply, and communicating artfully.
A chance to dig deep in helping others and accepting help.
A chance to embrace nuance and uncertainty.
A chance to progress both as fast as we can and as slow as we must.
A chance to learn about grief and adopt the wisdom and humanity that come through grieving deeply over time, alone and in community.
A chance to train mentally, learning to eschew future hypotheticals and be in the moment–as exemplified by those experiencing dementia.
A chance to comprehend comparison as the thief of all joy–and in doing so be happier with things as they are right now and less sad about how the present stacks up against the past.
A chance to take on new and unforeseen opportunities–even as we navigate new and unforeseen challenges.
A chance to step back and gain perspective of our place in the cosmos and the circle of life.
A chance to connect and build community with those navigating a similar path.
A chance to take risks, focusing on quality over certainty and spending more time moving towards what we want than away from what we fear.
Thank you, Amy, for introducing me to the idea of the long goodbye as a gift.
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