For years I wanted to be a faster runner, and I thought I was putting in enough work to get it done. But to be completely honest, I wasn't even close. So early last year, I decided that no matter what it took I was going to start scooting along a little quicker. I began training like never before, and drastically modified my dietary habits. And at the end of the year, the hard work paid off and I was much fleeter of foot.
But more than the physical changes to my training, I had to make a huge mental transformation. I had to BELIEVE I could be faster, regardless of what anyone else thought. When people told me that I was too old, or I started running too late, or I was too big (205 at the time) ... I had to go about my business KNOWING I was going to accomplish my goals every time I laced up my shoes.
Everyday, I meet a lot of people who struggle with the same old things. Weight. Money. Lack of motivation or confidence. Poor self-image. You know, the individual road blocks that slow us all down from time to time. And I think in many cases its because at some point we have bought into EVERYONE ELSE's reality for our life instead of ours. Maybe people have always seen you as the heavy person. Or maybe as the person who will just never be successful.
But how do YOU see YOU???
When everyone says "You can't!" ... do you just accept it and get back in line? Are you middle of the pack ... or are you a champion? Are you okay with always being overweight, tired, and sick ... or do you believe there's healthier you hidden somewhere inside? Have you fallen into the lie of thinking you don't matter ... or do you have a voice? Only you have the answer.
I truly believe that we all have personal greatness somewhere inside of us. It comes in all shapes, speeds, and sizes. But no one else is going to realize it until you start BELIEVING IT and LIVING IT! Maybe this is the year you run a PR. Maybe this the month you get past that on again - off again 10 lbs. Maybe there's something hidden in you the whole world needs to experience. But it's not everyone else's boxed up image of you ... it's the real you! And maybe it's time you let it out.
When I was talking to Michael about this post, she smiled and gave me her best R.Kelly impersonation, "I believe I can fly..." Hmm, well yeah sweetie, I believe I can!
... be great today!