Life is full of metaphors.
They silently surround us, waiting for us to have the sight – the Vision – to see them.
Two years ago I would’ve been more likely to run into a closed room with that demon from Paranormal Activity then run up the equally-evil Hill Street.
I am by no means an expert runner, but nowadays I run about 20-25 miles a week. I learned what a lot of you already knew – Running is an addiction. And it’s one of the few addictions that’s actually good for you… It’s transformative… Not just in the physical sense, but mentally and emotionally as well.
For me, the most powerful benefit of running is that it’s one of the greatest training grounds for success. Every breath is a mentor. Every step is an education. Every lap is a life lesson.
These are the 7 things Running has taught me most about Life:
1. Pick a spot. And go get it. Everything becomes easier when you channel all your energy towards one destination, one goal. Visualize it. Chase it. Catch it.
2. Lose yourself in your surroundings. Let your senses take over. Look at the lake. Notice the trees. There’s beauty all around you. Inspiration is everywhere… Let it be your fuel.
3. Dance while you run. Running isn’t easy. It’s sweat, pain, and sacrifice. The payoff at the end is what you’re in it for, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun along the way. You have to learn to embrace even the hardest parts of your journey. Turn your music up. Blast your favorite jam. Get down, as you get around.
4. Thank people as you pass them. There will be others on the track as you race towards your goal. Some you’ll speed by on your way up. Some will cross your path on their way down. You can learn from all of them. Acknowledge them. Thank them. Waive. Then forge ahead.
5. You’re not as good as you think you are. I was in the midst of what was shaping up to be a record-setting run the other day. Sprinting up hills and breezing through side streets, feeling pretty damn happy with myself… Then, without warning, three alarmingly large and freakishly fast guys came out of nowhere and left me in their dust…. No matter how good you think you are, there are three people BETTER right around the corner. There is no time for complacency. There are no off days.
6. Never stop. It’s so much harder to start up again. No matter how high the climb, how far the distance, or how tired you feel… KEEP YOUR LEGS MOVING. You WILL get there.
7. Finish strong. When your goal is in sight, run your fastest. Put everything into that final push. Own the homestretch. Cross the finish with your heart-racing and your arms raised. You did it.
Motivation is a mind game. Find what’s meaningful to you, look for the connections, and use it as fuel to live the life you were meant to live…