I was reflecting today on my experiences running two marathons. These were my bucket list sorts of dreams that I never thought I would do, but for some reason I took that leap of faith and signed up. In accomplishing any goal in life, you need to have belief that you can do it mixed in with some vision and focus.
So many people are making goals in the new year, especially the usual ones: lose weight, eat healthier, exercise more. Personally, I know I have been blessed by having parents who understood the value in enrolling their children in sports, making sure milk was drinken with every meal, and so on and so forth. But at some point it was up to me to make the decision to lead a healthy life. However, for so many individuals, maintaining an ideal weight or being able to run a mile is a pipe dream. Or so we tell ourselves. But with a little vision and focus and perhaps a wee bit of encouragement from friends and family, those goals will no longer seem like mountains.
People need to be empowered to feel that they can do anything. Television shows like the Biggest Loser are helping to change the perception of overcoming obesity. In fact, many Biggest Loser contestants are out running marathons upon completion of the show. And it’s because they started out with the the vision and focus to know they had to change their life!
Even stellar athletes have their moments of defeat, where they fall off the wagon and say “I just can’t do it anymore.” We all have to dust the dirt off and tell ourselves enough is enough. It may take a check-in from a friend, the realization that your child is going to get trapped into the same bad habits you are teaching him, or just the fact that energy withdrawal is taking over your life, to realize that you can change your life for the better.
Know you can do whatever it is you are afraid to achieve this year. Don’t be afraid to jump into unknown territory. We have all been there and this year is your year to change!