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Sometimes we think about things too much.

We need to be more in the heart. The mind is a part of our existence that causes real problems when we are attempting something. Everybody on earth has experienced the stream of endless and meaningless thoughts that crop up in the mind.

Think back to a time when you have been lying in bed unable to sleep. Never-ending banter and thoughts make you agitated and restless. As a result you toss and turn and cannot rest. The mind will do this 24/7 unless you learn to invoke silence, to access a deeper part of yourself.

Distracting and uninspiring thoughts, self doubts and negativities directly affect our mood and performance. Marathoners call it hitting the wall, business people call it stress, most people know it as a ‘tough day’.

We are deeper than this; in the core of our being, strength, power, poise and silence all exist. If we can tap into this inner source, nothing can stop us moving forward. Defeated by our own determination and effort, problems drop away.

This determination doesn’t come from the mind, which changes its opinion every minute. It comes from our hearts and souls which take and carry us to the most wonderful of places, where in the field of life, everyone can be victorious. True joy can flow through us and we can enjoy the wonderful moments in our life.

Think to a time when you have been awestruck. The power of a mountain, the setting or rising sun or the simple smile of child. They invoke good qualities from within our hearts. We aren’t thinking of bills to be paid, work tomorrow, or problems with the family – we just identify with the beauty around us.

Taking up a challenge is a good opportunity and example of when you are going to have to go to battle. If you take up a challenge in life, people will often throw cold water on your inspiration and you will also have your own doubts. “I will start tomorrow” or “maybe next year” are common thoughts. There’s no point listening to this kind of distraction from others or yourself, so why bother with it?

If you are inspired to do something, run with it. If you want to do anything great or different or positive, you can’t sit around waiting for other people’s approval. The heart’s motto is always ‘here and now’ and making positive changes to yourself with ultimately benefit the world at large.

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Australian motivational speaker Grahak Cunningham is an ordinary Australian who dared to dream. Challenging himself to go beyond what he thought was possible, he knows we can accomplish anything and stay happy and positive even in the most trying of times.

He is a four-time finisher of the world's longest certified foot race and ultra marathon: the Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race.

Founded in 1997 the 3100 Mile Race is held every year on a concrete footpath around an 883 metre block in Queens, New York.

Runners are given 18 hours a day, from 6:00 a.m. to midnight, for 51 days, to run a minimum of 60 miles a day (96km) to complete the distance. This involves circumnavigating the block 5649 times.

Over the duration of the race, runners wear out fifteen pairs of shoes, and their feet swell an extra two sizes. In a typical New York summer, temperatures can reach 40 degrees centigrade with 85% humidity. Competitors must contend with boredom, fatigue, torrential deluges, extreme pain, injuries and sleep deprivation—but most of all, they have to deal with themselves. Outwardly for their efforts they will receive a plastic trophy and a t-shirt but they make a lifetime of progress.

He works as a conference keynote speaker from his base of Perth and enjoys traveling (by plane not foot.)

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