Happy Motivation Monday! I’m totally keeping this things going. It’s always nice to read something motivational on a Monday morning. Last Thursday I shared with you that my marathon training has been less than ideal but I said I had been running consistently.
Before I lost weight I had a problem. I wouldn’t finish anything (except for college and graduate school), I would start something and just forget about it. I wouldn’t finish books. I would start craft projects and just stop them (sometimes because things just got too hard). I would say I’m going to do something and when things got a little rough, I just stopped. That was the person I was. I took the easy way out. I excelled at the things that really didn’t challenge me so I kept doing those things. I never ventured away from that stuff. And at the first sign of frustration I would quit.
Weight loss was really the first thing I started and finished…and pushed through when things got rough. I learned a lot about myself during the way but most importantly I learned to face frustration, fear and adversity head on. I learned to keep going; to keep looking forward no matter the situation. When we starting losing weight, I knew I didn’t want this time to just be something I didn’t finish…again. Instead of letting the frustration and/or failure stop me in my tracks, I let it fuel me. If nothing was happening, I worked harder. If I stumbled, I got back on track. I met every obstacle head on with a positive spirit and the power of the internet to help me troubleshoot my issue. The old me would have given in.
That is probably a big reason I hold running so close to my heart. It pushes me and challenges me every time I I step up to a start line. Every race is different and I never know how it will be until I finish. It forces me to keep pushing even when I want to quit.
I just want to remind you that challenge is apart of life. Failure is part of the learning process. When it starts to get rough, that isn’t a sign for you to stop. That’s the time when you reform your plan and find a new path. Don’t give yourself even have that small moment of regret from something that you may have given up on. I try not to live life with regret now, but there are times when I know I wasted opportunities to learn and grow because I did give up.
Please always remember that you are stronger than you think and are capable of much more than you can ever believe.
I don’t think this is something I’ve ever shared with the readers before so I hope it is something that will help you on any journey you are on in life.