One of the things that I most love about running is its monotony that allows my body go on autopilot while my mind reaches new places of revelation, discovery, or just peace. Running is my tangible daily reminder to just keep going. There are days when I don’t want to finish my runs, when I want to cut them short a few miles than originally planned, and when keeping going is a very difficult thing indeed; and it is on those days that it is most important that I keep putting one foot in front of the other and when I tell myself with every step to just keep going.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed or discouraged in life, business, fitness or whatever your goal might be if you are so fixated on the destination that you forget to find yourself during the journey. My running is an encouragement to me in my own business development, as I am greatly impatient to know what my next business steps are and what the future will look like in five years for me. I am so eager to know if I measure up, if I am making good growth decisions, and if I am truly capable of what I dream to do; and when I measure myself against that distant future of expectation, I lose myself in the present. Typically, I get a pit in my stomach of anxiety and I get a little overwhelmed on how far I have to go in order to really accomplish all that it is that I set out to do. And then, running reminds me to change my perspective. That’s one reason I run daily. It’s my daily reminder to stay in the present and to just keep going. In running I don’t always know how I will be able to finish my last four, seven or ten miles, but somehow, by focusing on just one step in front of the other, I always do.
Wherever you are today, just keep going. Discouragement can detour you from the life that you are meant to live, so keep your mind fixated on each and every small little step of the present. No matter what your goal is, as long as you are better today that you were yesterday you will never go astray. Dream big, but don’t lose yourself from your dreams by detours of discouragement…be the type of person that follows through and never stops growing each and every day.