|Credit: Women's Health |
"Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway."
- Earl Nightingale
"I'd run a half marathon if I had the time to train." I had told myself this year after year. And you know what happened? Time kept passing but I wasn't any closer to finishing a half marathon. What I finally came to realize was that I didn't lack TIME. I lacked COMMITMENT.
When I started a bucket list of things I wanted to do in the next 2 years, the #1 item was to finish a half marathon. It was the #1 thing I wanted to accomplish and lack of time was what was stopping me? That just didn't add up.
So I signed up for a half marathon four months away, found a training schedule online and started running. How did I find the time I thought I lacked? Some days, I sacrificed sleep. Some days, I sacrificed a happy hour. A few days, I skipped running. But the day of the half marathon, I was ready.
It's the first Monday of 2013, commit to your goals, commit to being healthy, commit to YOURSELF.
* Motivation Monday is an ongoing series on Dash to Finish.
What is Motivation Monday?
Let’s face it, we’ve all be there…er…here. Maybe it started with happy hour last Friday, a birthday party on Saturday, brunch on Sunday or maybe it didn’t start at all because the indulging never ended. You tell yourself, “Next week is the week I start”, “Next week, I’ll start eating this”, or “Next week, I’ll stop eating that”. We provide ourselves plenty of excuses and justifications. For me, Monday is my re-set button. No matter what I did or didn’t do last week or over the weekend, Monday marks a new week for me to be and do better than the previous.
But let’s face it, Mondays have enough challenges without the added pressure of getting to the gym or eating that homemade lunch you still haven’t made. To help, I am starting Motivation Mondays. A little push in the right direction, a reminder to get to the gym and skip that 2nd donut.