Saturday, March 19, 2011

Be Great Today! Sticker Give Away!!!

I'm finally official!  Finally a "real" blogger!  Finally cool! (per Chris K of The Manly Runner, I had to have a give away to be a cool blogger)  So here it is!  My first sticker ... and it's FREE!!!  Thank you to everyone who voted on the design a few weeks ago.  Here is what we went with (the white band around the outside is just for shipping, the sticker is all black) ...

There was a late surge in voting for the running wiener (my personal fav), but in the end, I combined a few different ideas and this was the final design.  Plus, after some additional consideration, perv's might take a sticker featuring a wiener the wrong way!  Where has our innocence gone people???
Be Great Today!
Here is the brief story behind "Be Great Today!"... 
I was in a huge training & racing rut after Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, MN last year.  My race times just weren't where I wanted them to be. And at the same time, there was someone very close to me struggling with things in their personal life.  I had dinner with this person and as I began to think about something inspirational I could say to them, I thought "find you personal greatness", "be as great as you can be", "BE GREAT TODAY!".  Even though the phrase instantly became my personal training and racing mantra, it began to work its way into my daily life as well.  I've always been a little bit of an obsessive perfectionist, but it was kinda cool to have a "go to" reminder when things got tough.  I now think about it all the time.

I really believe that everyone has personal greatness inside of them.  And it comes in many different shapes and sizes.  It doesn't have to be a BQ in a race, or a 100 mile run ... it may be walking a 5K, losing 2 pounds, or something as simple as spending time with your children, or helping someone less fortunate than you.  It may seem small to you ... but it could be the world to someone else.

I've received SO MANY kind words, comments, and emails about the phrase.  Thank you ... that's so awesome!  I know it's not ground breaking or anything, but maybe it's a little reminder that will push you to new heights you never thought you would achieve, or maybe get you over the hump when you need a little inspiration!

To get yours ...
I have several of these, so if you would like one just send me your shipping address and I'll mail it right away.  (sorry if asking for your address is a little "cyber-creepy" ... but not everyone has teleportation yet) Email me at ... running50after40@yahoo.com

They are obviously FREE to men, women, and children ... but as a small favor in return I have a list of demands would really appreciate the following...
       1. List me in your blog roll
       2. Post a pic of the sticker when you get it
(But NO PRESSURE!!! I mean, if you're gonna accept a FREE sticker from someone, I could totally understand why you wouldn't do that.)  Hope you enjoy 'em!  And as always ...
...be great today!

24 comments:

  1. That's an awful lot of things to do to get a free sticker. But I guess now that you're cool you feel you've got the power over us. :)

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  2. I really love reading your blog because I find it to be such positive inspiration. I'm looking forward to posting a picture of your sticker!

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  3. Great sticker Jim. I really want one for the collection!!!! I just posted about another one I got today!!!! I'll send you my address. Thanks. Great giveaway!! It's a great Mantra!

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  4. you could just leave mine at the front desk at Legacy!! ( :

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  5. Thank you
    For
    Going
    Wienie-less.

    Signed,
    Perv

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  6. Sweet sticker. I always find something uplifting in your blog. I love the phrase "be great today" especially the time you wrote it in the snow in your driveway.

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  7. Really trustworthy blog, please keep updating with great posts like this one. I have booked marked your site and am about to email it to a few friends of mine that I know they would enjoy reading it. Personal Trainers Sydney

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  8. Love it!
    And I love that you worked yourself out of a rut--more inspiration.

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  9. I am at work taking a break from doing report cards but when I am home I will email you as I want one of these! Love it.

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  10. I love it! Such a great phrase to have on a sticker as a reminder.

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  11. I love it and I want one! I can use the reminder myself. Email on the way! And I love the story behind it too!

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  12. I'm with EMZ, I didn't think the wiener was great. I am a big fan of your mantra. You were way cool even before you had a giveaway.

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  13. Would love on to add to my collection. Will send off the address and you are already on my roll..

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  14. I'll get you my address, and you're already in my blogroll (thanks for following me again). I also plan (with your permission) to put your inspiring Boston story on that page of my blog, w/ your permission of course. I think the sticker is really cool-looking, too.

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  15. Oh I like those!
    you got email!
    You have been on my blog roll since I follow you!
    thank you!!!

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  16. Love the final design, it's a weiner! Oh, wait, no it's not... :)

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  17. Hey! Thanks so much for your comment today!!! :-) A PR is a PR, and I fiiiiiinally beat my best time from Oct 2009... 2:04 is good in my book!

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  18. Awesome sticker... awesome saying!

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  19. I love all of this. Love your side panel of your running peeps! Can't wait to read more...love the male perspective in this blog world!

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  20. you didn't have to convince me /w a giveaway just found you trough your wife. LOVE you both....Michael won Christina's giveaway so I found you both :D Love it.....blog rolling you up :D

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