What a morning it has been! I woke up early and stumbled out of the house, determined to START...today, on getting back into running. My entire life I’ve found myself running; whether it be as a child playing in the yard; running my tiny little 5' high school frame across the football field; or trying to stay in shape for wrestling. So essentially my entire life. However, the past two years I haven’t done it as much. Maybe it's due in part to the lack of ability to make the adjustment from elite level athlete lifestyle, to a lifestyle where you no longer have to make weight, no longer have to push your body beyond its limits for the sake of competition, and ultimately a lifestyle where if you do try to train as hard as you did while competing, you officially look like the crazy guy for going too hard. But I think my lack of running lately is more of a combination of what I mentioned above, coupled with my new found love for mountain biking, and the many benefits that come along with being a cyclist.
Shortly after I left the warm, dry, and delightful comforts of my home this morning, I soon found myself stricken with thoughts of doubt, excuses, and reasons why I shouldn’t be running. My mind quickly discovered the shooting knee pain I was having! And I’ll be honest, I nearly did turn home, but lucky for me the Nike slogan “Just Do It,” suddenly snapped into my mind, and it reminded me of one of life’s simplest truths.
That is that, you just gotta do it; simple as that. I know you may disagree with me here, but I’m telling you life is incremental. INCREMENTAL! I love that word. It is full of so much power, and better yet growth! If we can start looking at life as an incremental opportunity to grow, then I believe we can accomplish anything.
Bold statement I know; but hey, it’s true…!
However, there is this little thing called our mind that likes to play tricks on us and deceive us into believing these little things we know to be excuses. These excuses, if built up over time, begin to manifest and create an illusion where the thing you originally wanted to do should be put off, until a better or more convenient time. The issue with that lies in the fact that there never really is the “right” time to do anything. The only time we have is right now, and we, myself included, need to start capitalizing on THE PRESENT. The more we start capitalizing on this moment right now, the closer we become to our goals.
Yeah I get it, the formula to accomplish more, be healthier, and reach your goals in life seems pretty simple right? Just do the things you need to do to improve yourself, your life, your relationships, and all will be hunky-dory; we will all accomplish our dreams and live in pure bliss...Well, that would be nice, but the reality of it is, we are not only our biggest ally in life, we are also our own worst enemies. I know from experience the prison one can live in, just from the confines of their own mind. Doubt, fear, criticism, inadequacy, and etc., are all things we feel and tell ourselves when confronted with a challenge in life.
I’m here to tell you that you’re not bound to the prison of your own mind. You are courageous! You are beautiful! And you ARE adequate right now; in this very moment! It is up to us to accept it, to believe it, and to eventually live it. It’s time to free ourselves of all these burdens and get on the positive side of time and life!
It’s as simple as showing up and always striving to put your best foot forward. Sometime’s that may look like an inch, sometimes your best foot will take you a mile, but at the end of the day you’re still making progress. What that looks like in my life is having the patience to give a little more everyday. Understanding the creation of a true masterpiece takes time. Take one more step everyday. And if you forget to walk in the same direction on some days (which you will), don’t condemn yourself to the prison of your own mind; rather, turn around, take that first step, and walk again. What I’m talking about is simple; no it may not always be easy (it rarely will be for the things that matter most in our lives), but you are stronger than the challenge ahead. Just get going! Baby steps at first. And one day you will look around and see how far you’ve actually come!
I propose we strive to challenge the culture that overestimates how much can be done in a day, yet UNDERESTIMATES WHAT CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED IN A LIFETIME!
Let’s no longer be the group that wants to “Just do it;” instead, let’s be the people that JUST DID IT!