Even the Slowest & Weakest Can Still Finish: 4 Steps to Success
I think we’d be in a much better place if we didn’t focus on where we were but, instead, focused on where were are going. We tend to obsess over what we are NOT, and forget who we ARE, and who we are BECOMING.
I’m not a fast runner, but I run. I am not super strong, but I lift. I am getting faster, and I am getting stronger. Unfortunately, most of us are very impatient. We want to get the the “finish lines” of life in one big step, but that is unrealistic. We rarely get anywhere in life in one step. Everything great takes time. But, what separates the success stories from the failures is not really how strong or fast someone is, but whether they persevere.
Although I am not suggesting you become complacent and not care about your overall performance, what I am suggesting is that you don’t focus so much on your performance that you forget your accomplishments. Each run you complete, each day you show up to the gym, every calorie you count, and every ounce you lose is an accomplishment.
Whatever you are working toward, You Can Finish This!
Think of where you were once, at your worst. Now think of where you are now. Lastly, think about where you are headed if you continue to press on toward your goals. THAT’s who you are – who you are, is who you are becoming.
Your Finish Line
Here are 4 steps to reaching your finish line.
1. Choose Your Race: Someone who has never run before rarely signs up for a marathon. Most people don’t just “show up” without a little planning. With fitness, “choosing your race” means choosing your goal. This can also mean choosing a gym, a class, a diet or trainer. Before you even take your first step, you have to make some important choices first.
2. Map Your Route: Before a runner starts, they have to know where to go – and so do you. Make sure you know the route to your finish line very well so you can stay on course. Choose some friends to “run with”. Having a workout partner, trainer or a group of people at work working on the same goals can help you from straying or losing focus.
3. Check Points: Create a few small goals and a few moderate goals to help encourage you, as well as make sure you stay on track. Check points can be small weight loss goals, performance based goals, or health improvements like improved resting heart rate or cholesterol levels.
4. Finish Line: Make sure you have main goal, or set of goals, and post them where you can see them every day. Can you imagine running a race with no visible finish line? Make sure your “black and white checkered flag” can be easily seen every moment along your journey. Out of site, means out of mind.
I think my favorite of any exercise has to be the one that challenges you, so my favorite ab exercise is plank to Pike with your feet on a body ball (swissball). Try doing 25 of those without stopping and add push up after every placnk to make it even more difficult.
Sammy @ Peace Love and Ice Cream
I am doing a 5K Turkey Trot and I can’t wait! I know (for now) that’s where I am, and I am so ok with that…maybe next time it’ll be a 5 miler or a 10K or not, either way I’ll still be running! It’s hard not to compare yourself to others (they’re faster, or running further, or stronger, or whatever it is!) but you should really only be competing with yourself! I try to remind myself of that often! GREAT post – you’re so motivating!!
-Sammy @ peaceandloveandicecream.blogspot.com
awe, thank you! Have fun on the turkey trot! That’s a fun run!!
I recommend 5k’s for beginners. They are so motivating. I’m in the 11 minute mile group.
Good stuff Bonnie, and just what I needed today. Thanks for the measured encouragement.