Highlights of This Episode:
- What CFS is and what it means for people who have it
- How Steve overcame obstacles at the 3-, 5-, and 13-mile marks in his training
- How the last excuse Steve had not to walk the marathon turned out to be one of his biggest supporters
- The process Steve used to change his mindset about his illness
- What’s next for Steve in his journey with CFS/ME
“I really had to work harder than ever to remember to be mindful and to remember I got to choose how I looked at each step that I was taking rather than have each step I took determine how I felt.” —Steve Errey
A Note from Charlie:
For some people, the idea of running a marathon is downright insane. Others think it’s the ultimate mind-body challenge and train for months, even years, to cross the finish line. And still others never even think about a marathon because they’re hindered by physical limitations.
Steve Errey was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) five years before he decided to walk his very first 26-mile marathon. People with CFS often cannot take care of themselves or even get out of bed, and even the simplest of physical activity hurts. He created the Runfor.me website to bring awareness to his condition and to raise funds to help others understand his situation better as well as fund more research for this illness.
Steve’s story of overcoming the limitations that his body and mind presented him with is a perfect example of how Creative Giants thrive when presented with problems. It’s an example of how someone does the best he can with what he’s given and refuses to allow closed-mindedness to shrink the possibilities available to him.
Most of all, today’s episode is all about taking the steps to accomplish a goal in service of others. Along the way, it’s impossible not to grow yourself.
About Steve Errey:
Steve Errey is a Confidence Coach based in the UK. Having spent way too long forcing himself into a professional role that didn’t fit, he had a breakdown at a level he didn’t even know was possible. He trained as a coach in 2002, took 18 months to figure out who he was, and slowly pieced a meaningful life back together. Today he lives with CFS/ME, a chronic illness, and works every day to better himself, smile, and learn while sharing the tools that have helped him and his clients thrive in the midst of chaos.
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Where is Episode 1? I want to start at the beginning and not finding Episode 1 is bothering me. Help!
Jess Sommers says
Hi Erika! Check out episode 1 here: https://productiveflourishing.com/podcast/episode-1-body-of-work/