Don’t Stop Running

Posted by on Jul 22, 2011 in Blog, Coaching, Health and Fitness | 0 comments

“If you do what you’ve always done, you will always get the same results”

Today I ran three miles around Lake Calhoun with a couple of friends.  I haven’t run that far in a very long time.  The purpose of me running three miles is for this triathlon I am in the process of training for.  I knew that running would be the hardest part of the tri, so I started extremely early in my training process to accomplish this goal.  As I reflected about this process that I am going through to attain this goal that I have for myself it made me think of how often fear, complaining, and making excuses keeps us from doing what we really want.  Now for the purpose of this blog I am going to use running as the example for accomplishing goals.  Feel free to change it to whatever is applicable to your life.  Not all of us are meant to run.  I still question if I am one of those people or not.

A person can read about running, coach running, talk to people who run, and buy the best running shoes and still not be able to run three miles.  Now don’t get me wrong when I say those things; all of those are good things and help in the process of an accomplishment, but if we never get off the couch we will never run three miles (or more).

A person might fear running that far because they fear the unknown, the process, or they can’t fathom what they haven’t done.  They don’t want the pain of failure in the process of the accomplishment.  They don’t want others to judge them or to criticize them because their ego will be bruised.  People might fear that they will never actually get to their goal and so why try at all.   I have a former student who quit track right before the Sections meet because he knew he wouldn’t win the State competition.  He could go and maybe get third, tenth or twentieth place, but that wasn’t good enough.  He feared failing and missed out on a great accomplishment.  Not many people can say they have been to state let alone, get third place.

A person might want to run three miles but they haven’t run in a very long time. And even though they used to be able to run three miles or even six they have to start their training from the very bottom.  Hoping they might finish a mile, they complain about their muscles hurting, or their knee, or their hip (that’s my ailment).  They might complain about not having enough time to run because they have too many things to do, the weather is bad, their shoes aren’t new enough.  People are very cleaver in their reasons for not going after what they really want.  So that makes me wonder if they really want it or if they like the illusion of the goal being accomplished.

If a person comes to me and complains about something-anything doesn’t matter what it is, I will listen.  I will give advice if asked and let them go on their way.  If they come to me another time and their problem is still their problem and they are still complaining about it, I will ask what they have done to try to reconcile the issue.  If they come to me a third time and complain about the same problem, I will tell them that it doesn’t seem like they really want to get rid of their problem.  Some people “thrive” off of complaining or always having a problem, but what they don’t realize is that what they are doing is actually hindering them from really truly thriving.  I understand some things are uncontrollable and they can’t change those things, but we are called to rise above those uncontrollable things and change the things we can.

So what would happen if we stopped fearing the unknown or the outcome, we stopped complaining or making excuses and we humbled ourselves and started to run around the block, then two blocks? Then we run a mile, then two, and soon after weeks of humility we accomplished our goal.  How amazing would that be?  Goals do not have to be accomplished right away.  If we are patient through the process and work towards our goal, we will succeed at them.  If there are obstacles, then find a way around them or just jump right through them.


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