“A ferocious concentration and fanatical execution is what you need to finish strong.”Gary Ryan Blair
During March 2020 the start of my quarantine and many others around the world. I couldn’t get out of bed. Other than getting up to use the lavatory. I was heavy with sorrow and grief, and I decided to lay in bed, cry, and sit still. I was temporarily out of work and my spouse started military bootcamp. My favorite person and I made the decision that he would go even during this delicate unpredictable time. My activity around the house never exceeded 1,000 steps according to my fitness watch.
Imagine that the goal that’s in front you seems so far away. Family and friends who see you, want what’s best for you, still, only you can walk the path, or run the race against yourself. The race against yourself is no easy task, it requires you and I to do something we’ve never done to earn something we’ve never experienced. Along the race there may be trauma, discomfort, aches and pain, exhaustion, needs met and unmet, and the option to sit instead of pushing through the comfort zone looks enticing.
I’m sharing these thoughts with you now, because it’s real, I’ve been struggling these days with my own lack of motivation. At the same time, last night, I learned and was reaffirmed that I can do this this journey, this life long race, last night I witnessed a fighter in me and that fighter is in each of us. I saw it when I decide to push through and kickass with exercise and movement. And it felt so good!
A few hours before bed, I decided to check my app connected to my fitness watch and realized that I was behind on my goal to walk 10,000 steps a day that’s between 4-5 miles. I’m currently in competition with a friend and I was falling behind on the work week hustle. Nearly every day this week, I was tired, done, lacked motivation and simply did not care. However when I saw that I was behind, I went into monster mode and told myself I will not sit or sleep until I meet my goal, so I began to tread and walk briskly, jumping jacks, hop on the treadmill and throwing punches into the air, I smiled and grinned manically as I saw that I was making progress and kicking my friends butt moving quickly in steps, heart racing and endorphins kicking in.
When really, I was kicking my own butt and as I stared at myself in the mirror, I kept challenging myself, 500 more steps, Okay Treasure, 1,000 more steps and you’ll get to go to bed. Well that was Thursday night and I was able to go to bed with a smile on my face, completely aroused and satisfied that I completed the task.
I am relearning,
I am capable of success when I fix my mind on the main goal.
“When you put yourself on the line in a race and expose yourself to the unknown, you learn things about yourself that are very exciting.”Doris Brown Heritage, Women’s Distance Running Pioneer
“Be around people that make you want to be a better person, who make you feel good, make you laugh, and remind you what’s important in life.”Germany Kent
“Don’t underestimate the power of a mind that is made up.”Miya Yamanouchi
“When we make progress quickly, it feeds our emotions. Then, when there’s a period of waiting or we hit a plateau, we find out how committed we really are and whether we’re going to see things through to the finish or quit.”Joyce Meyer
“Nothing, not even pain, lasts forever. If I can just keep putting one foot in front of the other, I will eventually get to the end.”Kim Cowart, runner and journalist
“Be the hero of your own story. Show the world the quality of your character, the strength of your resolve and the size of your heart by finishing strong.”Gary Ryan Blair
“Whenever you have taken up work in hand, you must see it to the finish. That is the ultimate secret of success. Never, never, never give up!”Dada Vaswani
Each day I plan to apply this hunger, a focused mind and desperation to complete each task because my life and the quality of my life depends on it.