FIND YOUR PURPOSE. We need a STRONG reason to do what we do because we will get questioned. we will doubt, we will be tempted to stop, give up, or give in. Whether we are on a run or in a rut, having that goal line clearly defined, having that justification for getting out of bed clearly defined, and having that reason to hang on the last minute of a sprint on a training ride...that will make all the difference between giving in and holding on!
BE PROCESS DRIVEN. We live in a GOAL oriented society where we ask ourselves and those around us what their short and long term goals, personal, professional, and physical. As I look more closely at those GOALS, I see that we measure their success by how SMART they were (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timed). Unfortunately numbers, figures, places, times, stats, scores, and medals are what matter. Results define our success. But goals can be results driven or process driven. Process Driven outcomes are more subjective. “ I want to feel happier, I want my clothes to fit better, I want to have a bigger impact on the world around me.” Though these are harder to measure, you can still consider it a success or failure. This type of goal setting is useful for changes of mind-set or habits over time. As runners, our JOURNEY is as important, as our goal. Getting to the finish can only happen if we take all the steps in between!
BE PERSISTENT. The Peace Corps slogan asks: How far are you will to go to make a difference? It’s a question that we need to ask ourselves in everything that we do. The answer lies in how successful we want to be. We need go as far as it takes. We need to keep logging mileages, eating right, forgiving, pursuing, believing , and loving, as long as it takes; We need to be consistent and persistent, in order for change to happen. As we train, we will go through ups and downs, through periods of inspiration and desperation, through highs and lows, and heavy’s and light’s...But we can't Give UP, we can't give in! There is always an answer to everything.
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In the end, no matter what we are talking about (relationships, careers, or races), we need to find that REASON that keeps us focused, we need to enjoy the journey we are on, and keep at it (whatever IT may be).
We live in a time where giving up isn't frowned upon but "understood". We live in a time where we assume that other people with handle things.
The more miles I log, the more those thoughts are cemented. We can only control our own races, our training habits, and our perspective....we only can work on changing ourselves, our habits, and our way of thinking to BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE, whether that change is in our running or in the WORLD around us.