This past weekend I attended the first IDEA BlogFest, where many familiar and new-to-me fitness bloggers got together to learn, sweat, and make awesome memories. I’ll be piecing out details in my upcoming posts, but I have to start with sharing my biggest Aha! moments. These little clips came from several different people, but they all bring up one truth:
In order to succeed, to be my best me,
I must first give myself the opportunity.
“Running is a microcosm of life. When you race, or push yourself really hard in a training run, you put yourself on the line. You find out who you really are. Every time you put yourself on the line, you have the opportunity to become who you want to be.”
I was blown away at how well he said this and my paraphrase probably doesn’t do it justice. As the truth of the words settled in, I remembered all the conversations I’ve had with other running friends, especially my ultra runner friends. Conversations about the “why” and desire to “know what you’re made of.”
Running is a very simple sport. Dr. Karp even went so far as to say it takes very little skill. I think that is why so many have come to love or appreciate running. I think that is the reason why running is such an attractive way to push yourself to your limits.
Running is one of the simplest ways to bring yourself to the decision point,
between choosing what is easier and staying in your comfort zone or
choosing to push through pain and into unknown potential.
Every time you run to that decision point,
you have the opportunity to become who you want to be.
Jillian Michaels Hearing Jillian speak was perhaps the most unexpected pleasant surprise of the weekend. She’s really quite awesome in that she jokes a lot, pokes fun at herself, and has a very balanced view of healthy eating and activity.
With one simple question, she flipped all the fears most of us have on their head. Most of us, herself included, look around at people who have achieved some kind of success and we ask ourselves, “who am I” to be among them? Who am I to write a book or speak at a conference or inspire others to change their lives? Then, with all the force of her motivational nature, Jillian declared we should all be asking,
“Why NOT me?”
We are all worth having success. She believed that she deserved to succeed as a trainer and motivational public figure, and she did. Not because she is the smartest or even the most talented, but because she believed in herself and worked her butt off to accomplish her goals.
Diana Nyad It was remarkable to hear the story of Diana’s life, how she came to dream about swimming from Cuba to Florida, and what finally achieving that goal (in her 60’s) was actually like. I cannot wait for her book to come out!
Diana tried to sum up her one motivating principle in life and I can’t repeat the entire story (which includes a high school friend, Christopher Reeves, and her pinky fingernail), but one piece of it did stick out to me.
She said that you have to put your big dream on a shelf and get to work. Focus on conquering the small things that will lead to those big dreams.
Dr. Karp brought her story up and related it to the “big dream” of a marathon. Runners may want to focus on the big marathon, but they need focus on the smaller challenges in order to get there; making sure you wake up and run your miles for the day, every day, day after day.
“Big dreams” can be paralyzing for me. I haven’t learned how to stay focused on smaller goals. I know how to break down big goals into smaller, achievable goals, but I am still learning how to hone in on them and execute them well.
- How do you give yourself the opportunity to succeed?
- How do you “put yourself on the line”?
- What do you think most often, “Why me?” or “Why NOT me?”
- Are you good at the small focus?
- What dreams/goals are you pursuing right now?