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It all starts with one step: A playbook for chasing your dreams
by Brady Silverwood

Published: 2024-04-04T00:0
Paperback : 147 pages
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“Brady Silverwood is a rock star in my book. He is not only living out his own inspiring journey, but generously handing out the keys to unlock that same potential in you! You’ll be moved. I dare you to read this book.” Drew Shirley, Guitarist for Switchfoot?

When I was sixteen ...

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“Brady Silverwood is a rock star in my book. He is not only living out his own inspiring journey, but generously handing out the keys to unlock that same potential in you! You’ll be moved. I dare you to read this book.” Drew Shirley, Guitarist for Switchfoot?

When I was sixteen years old, I never could have imagined that one day I would become the 338th person to run across the USA, or that one day I would sell a global swimwear brand, or that one day I would give a TEDx talk. Chasing a dream is tough. So, I created a playbook with thirteen key plays to help you achieve your dreams! Over the last twelve years, I have experienced all that it takes to follow a dream. One thing I know for certain, is that you will encounter dark moments along your journey. In chapter one I introduce these dark moments as thorns. How will you keep going when things get tough and these thorns come your way? I know how to persevere through the thorns of life. Do you? If not, that is okay! It all starts with one step...?

God Bless,?Brady Silverwood

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Just three days into my run across America, I started to have doubts. I was in Englishtown, New Jersey and only twenty miles into my 3,311 mile run. I woke up feeling groggy and sore. I thought to myself, “If my body is feeling this way already, how am I going to last even a month?”

We went into a nearby restaurant called Luchentos Kitchen, and the waitress Janis instantly lifted our spirits. We told her our story and she paid for our meal. The start of the morning had been blue but this encounter with Janis gave me newfound hope. I went back to the RV and my perspective had shifted. I realized that every new moment on this journey was a fresh start- anything could happen.

I knew I could turn it around and have a positive run despite my early morning doubts. I put my doubt and discouraged feelings aside for a moment, and became curious. “What if I could still put my shoes on?” I thought to myself. If I could put my shoes on, I could go one mile. And if I could run one mile I could go another and another.

I was able to put a great run together that day. This experience showed me that I could doubt myself and not “feel great” but still get it done. As long as I kept moving, my doubts could not stop me. Time after time on my run, I doubted myself, detached myself from those feelings, and focused on what I could do. Eventually, I stopped paying credence to every doubt that arose.

I got my running routine down to a science. Every morning after I woke up, I got my workout outfit on, ate breakfast, rolled my yoga mat out, started stretching, arranged my water pack, left the RV and started moving. It didn't matter what doubts consumed my mind earlier in the morning. If I could make it out of the RV and start moving, I would set myself up for success that day. The last few months of the run, I even started sleeping in my workout clothes to jumpstart my routine. Dressing before a run was one less thing I had to think about.

When I was ninety-one days into my run, I conditioned myself to believe that I could put in work, regardless of my mental or physical condition. I was in Linden, Tennessee and was fighting a bad cold I had picked up days before in Nashville. It was day six of running with congestion and a runny nose. Instead of sleeping it off, I decided to run through it. I found myself drinking DayQuil right before some of the runs, and kept Kleenex in my running pack. view abbreviated excerpt only...

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From the author:

1. What is one challenge you have overcome that would have surprised your younger self?

2. What is one practice you can add to your routine to live a fuller life?

3. What is one dream that you never pursued? Share this with your group and one thing you can do today to bring your dream to life!

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