Former politician and endurance athlete on building your willpower – Pat Farmer | episode 23 recap
How do we develop willpower? Why is it something that we don’t talk about these days?
As we live in an era that prefers to dance around good old fashion discipline with the “softer easier” approach I wanted to take it back to basics with Australian ultrarunning legend and former politician of the Australian House of Representatives, Pat Farmer, as we discuss how we can use the development of our willpower and resilience muscle to improve our state of being.
For those that aren’t familiar with Pat, you should be. The man has run incredible distances since 1984, all his events have been focused on brining light to important charitable causes whilst bringing in hundreds of thousands of dollars. His most notable run was immortalized in his book, “Pole to Pole: One man, 20 million steps,” where he covers some 21,000 kilometres, to raise funds for clean water programs for Red Cross International.
This conversation we have is right before the 1000 Miles to Light run across parts of Australia, a run to bring light to the mental health issues that people are facing across the world on the back of Covid… the continuous lockdowns, and the disconnection and depression that people are now dealing with in unprecedented numbers, the run included Dean Karnazes (a recent guest on the Ultrahabits Podcast) and a host of other American and Australian runners.
Pat is not a man that minces his words and expresses his deep disappointment in the way that Australian politicians have handled the Covid situation, and just how un-Australian the response has been in many ways. This leads us into a very interesting conversation about his life in politics, leadership, and his views on social responsibility which he embodies.
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