athletics and fitness

There is so much advice on the ways that will help you accomplish your goals. You can google information at a click of a button. It is always at your disposal.

I have read some great articles on honing your craft in writing, blogging, marketing, fitness, business and archery too. Who doesn’t want to improve and become their best?

Reading these type of articles or posts is a learning experience. I have learned that my dreams and goals are unique to me. Do I yearn for getting to “peach gang” status with my glutes someday or becoming a New York Times best-selling author?

I would love that, but in the meantime I am accountable for myself and in the way that I get there. Although it is easy to enter the comparison game it doesn’t have to be a competition.

Imagine a marathon runner. Who are they running for? Many times it is for a special event, but deep down they are running for themselves. To get to the end of the road on their own.

Marathon runners put in the work, the sweat and the time. They prep in advance by dedicating all that it takes. To ensure that they will be their absolute best on the day of their marathon.

Does everyone finish first?

No, but you do have some that come close to each other. You have those that stay in the middle for a while and those that finish last.

What do they all have in common?

They all finished the race. All of the runners might have studied similar ways to reaching their peak performance. Yet they all didn’t complete the race at the same time.

The same is true when we are going after our dream. Immediate gratification feels great when it happens, but most of the time these epic moments don’t happen until after you have put in the time.

Each person has their own recipe for success. You determine the things that are out there for you to learn from. What works for one person may not work for another. That is okay.

Notice how some people are early risers and they work out first thing in the morning? I have done that and that isn’t always me. I am more of an evening workout person. Sometimes I can be both depending on what I want to accomplish that day.

It doesn’t always have to be the cookie cutter way. Now if you are a morning person or a night owl I think that is awesome. Be the kind of person that is content with the way that works best for you.

I admire the people who have made it to the top and yet remain humble. These are the type of people who don’t take things for granted. They have talked the talk and walked the walk.

Staying true to their integrity. That is a big deal. People change their mind along the way of their own race.

Fine tuning a way of doing a task after several attempts. Stumbling, falling and getting back up. It is all part of the process.

Do you know how many times I’ve attempted submitting my work and it wasn’t published? Many times my friends, yet it has never stopped me. I may not publish every single article, but I am happy knowing that I tried.

What kind of race are you running in?

I know what kind of race I am running in. I am not in competition with anyone else, but myself. That is the beauty of doing things in your own timing. It is a journey that must be taken on your terms.

Think of the people who you admire that have succeeded with their craft. It can be someone well-known or a good friend. They all did it their way.

It may not have been smooth sailing, but they finished what they set out to do. I can’t imagine not finishing what I have started. I used to be that girl who was only a dreamer and not a doer.

I know exactly what that feels like. You are on the ultimate high with your dream in the beginning. When you encounter the tough times is the hardest.

It’ll make or break you. I allowed it to deter me from completing my dream years ago. Yet even though I went through that it has made me more resilient today and also more patient with how I approach my goals.

That truly brings me happiness in a way that is hard to describe. Knowing that I am doing all of this for something bigger than myself. A way of giving back in my way and shrugging off doubt along the way. Discarding doubt like an old pair of shoes.

I am in this race and in this amazing dream of mine to finish what I began. To not let setbacks or failures determine whether I will get to the finish line or not.

For you see I know what exists at that line and that my friends is enough for me right now in this moment.

Feel like reading a former post? Read it here:

Banish Insecurities When Chasing Your Dream

 

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