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New Book Says ‘Win The Day’ To Achieve All Your Resolutions

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New Book Says ‘Win The Day’ To Achieve All Your Resolutions

I’ve long been fascinated by time and productivity. In fact, I once spent an entire year interviewing billionaires, Olympic athletes, straight-A students, and over 200 Silicon Valley entrepreneurs while writing a book that revealed their secrets to getting more done, with less stress.

And that is a consistent theme running throughout New York Times bestselling author Mark Batterson’s new book, Win The Day: 7 Daily Habits to Help You Stress Less and Accomplish More. Batterson is the founder and lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington D.C., which has been recognized as one of the most innovative churches in America.

“I think people overestimate what you can do in a year or two, but underestimate what you can accomplish in 10 or 20 years just by putting your head down and doing the right thing day in and day out,” said Batterson. “That’s really the heartbeat of Win the Day.”

I recently had the opportunity to chat with Batterson about running a miracle marathon, his approach to achieving goals and the habits that have fueled his prolific writing career.

This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.

Kruse: Like in all of your books, you tell a lot of stories in Win the Day, especially about miracles or gigantic goals that have been achieved in some way. One that stuck out was how you went from being severely asthmatic to running the Chicago Marathon, and I quote, “without getting breathless.” How did you pull that off?

Batterson: I had severe asthma for 40 years. I probably spent a total of 90-120 days in hospitals growing up because of asthma attacks. Not a week would go by where I didn’t take multiple puffs of a rescue inhaler. I recognize that people have different worldviews, but I would call what happened to me a miracle because it followed a brave prayer. Doctors would call it a spontaneous remission. The last time I touched an inhaler was July 2, 2016. To celebrate, I decided to do something I’d never done before and signed up for the Chicago Marathon. But I didn't just go out and run 26.2 miles. I followed a training plan consisting of 475 miles across 72 training runs. Then, and only then, was I able to pull off the marathon. It's one of the examples in the book that hopefully encourages people, because it doesn’t matter what goal you're going after or what habit you're trying to break or build—it's going to happen little by little. You win the day one day at a time.

Kruse: Something you talk about in the book is the distinction between minutes and moments. What would you say is the difference?

Batterson: Time is measured in minutes; life is measured in moments. Too often, we live in the wrong time zone. We get stuck in the past, or we fixate on the future. Those mindsets hold us back from living in the only moment that's available to us: the present. I try to approach life with an understanding that every day is the first and last day of my life. The present moment has never been before and it never will be again. That might sound like a Jedi mind trick, but it's a philosophy of life that allows me to approach every day for what it is. And living my life that way takes a measure of discipline, creativity and effort. But in the long run, it pays off.

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