Today, two things happened that reminded me of the purpose for this blog, and why my passion and drive to work at sharing quality topics will continue to evolve, to inform, inspire, challenge, encourage and empower you my readers. It may be only one word, or one sentence that speaks to you, but if that one word or sentence inspires you to act then the purpose of this blog is being met.
In January I got the running itch again, and made the commitment to myself to train for a half-marathon race. I’d just recovered from a back injury, and started out slowly with the goal to run a 5K by the end of February, and I did. My next goal was to run a 10K race in April month end, and yesterday I accomplished that goal in the “Up the creek run”. This run was about running my own race against myself, enjoy nature and finish the run. I set aside the idea of wanting to finish less than 60 minutes, and took the time to appreciate and enjoy the scenic route. It was one of my most rewarding and educated run I ever did.
Later, as I sat watching TV as I nurtured my sore feet, I tuned into W5 and caught this interview Spencer West. After listening to this interview, my sore feet were no longer an issue; I appreciated the fact that I have feet with the ability to feel, and move and run. The soreness will be gone by tomorrow morning. Listen, we all have limitations, but we can still go after doing and being what your heart is whispering to you. Take a moment to watch this clip and if you’re in need of a dose of inspiration, then I think this will do it.
I shared my personal running story because there might be something you have been thinking about doing, and for whatever reason, you’ve been putting it off. I know, we don’t have to look far to find what we like to call “valid reasons”, but most of the times if we can be honest with ourselves, they are just excuses, lame and lazy excuses that keeps us from challenging our minds and bodies to accomplish a desire or dream. Maybe, it’s not you but those close to you might be feeding you with a bunch of self-defeating words like – ah, you’re too old, or remember you tried that before and…, or really? I can’t see you doing that, or are you sure you have an x condition, and so on.
If you have people like that in your life, I strongly encourage you to stop listening to people who are not inspiring, challenging or encouraging you. If being around them sucks the life out of you, and you do nothing to change it, then you will still be in the same place this time next year. For your mental well-being; move on to be and do your better self.
Prior to making and following through on my running commitment, I gravitated to the excuses as to why I shouldn’t run again, until I began hearing what my partner was saying and started to realized what my self-sabotaging thoughts were doing to me.
It is great to have a cheer leading team in your corner when you start out to follow your heart – whatever it may be, however the reality is, you might be the only cheer leader on your team, but that is OK because, the best cheering starts with you. Yes, you cheering yourself before, during and after as you act on going for it, doing that thing you’ve always wanted to but got held back by self or others.
We’re all guilty of letting others tell us what’s best for us, and though sometimes they may be right, they’re not always right. If you want to go back to school to complete your schooling, or change your career then go for it. I can tell you one thing for certain; if you don’t follow your heart and go for it, you will eventually regret not doing it later in life. What’s holding you back? Start with believing in you, you’ve only got one life, live it well and start doing it now.
To your health and enjoyment!