I was thinking a little bit about the theme of most of the articles I put on here. I try to encourage you to push yourself to become a better version of yourself. I believe wholeheartedly that we all have untapped potential to accomplish more than we are currently. That is the good news and the part that I like to keep pushing out there. It has hit me that as true as that is, it is still hard and we frequently fall short of the goals we set for ourselves. So today I want to make sure that we keep those disappointments in perspective.
We can have the best intentions in the world of getting up 2 or 3 days a week and doing morning runs. We can also realize that life may have different plans and make it impossible. Or even worse, our mind comes up with a different plan when the alarm goes off. I want you to realize that if you read that sentence and thought I have done that many times it means one thing and one thing only. You are normal. Normal people don’t jump out of bed at 5:30 in the morning to go run. Even people that love running would prefer to get an extra hour of sleep.
If you decide to push yourself you are going to be doing things that make you uncomfortable. If it was easy they wouldn’t be uncomfortable things. They would be EASY things. They aren’t easy so when you don’t live up to your own expectation or you let yourself down don’t throw in the towel and give up. The best thing you can do is get mad. Get stubborn and prove to the unmotivated you that the motivated you is more powerful. If the motivated you is more powerful sometimes eventually the motivated you will be able to be more powerful the majority of the time and that is the goal.
Nobody is 100% motivated to go hard 100% of the time. Our mind and our bodies need recovery time. Grace is important. When you don’t meet goals work to figure out if the goal was bad or if the motivation to reach the goal was lacking. Make the necessary adjustment and start fighting again. You absolutely have the ability to do whatever the goal is. As human beings, we have been given gifts from God that make our potential limited only by our own minds. Our bodies will grow stronger as we push them. We just have to win the battle with our mind that we want [your goal here] more than we want to settle for what we are now.
You will not win that battle every day, but change happens when you win wars not battles. Wars take longer. Change takes time.