Stay Focused – Choose Success

Stay-FocusedIt has been a while since my last post.  It’s not that I have forgotten about how important running is to me, or my health in general.  It’s just a matter of finding the time.  Between starting a new job and purchasing a new home with my wife things have been a bit chaotic.  During this exciting transition somehow the ever important goal of working out has faded.  I guess life has a way of disrupting goals, even when it’s not intentional. 

Yesterday, for the first time in a long time, my wife and I went for a nice run outside.  Although it was followed by almost instant soreness and fatigue, I enjoyed every single minute of it.  Suddenly, I could think clearer and I felt more alive.  Every stressful thing in my life that was attempting to weigh me down lifted instantaneously.  I kept saying, “Why did we allow ourselves to stop running?”  Never mind the fact that we were sick for a week or that I was also dealing with a groin pull which prevented me from doing much with my legs.  It still shouldn’t have stopped us.  Somehow we let the hustle and bustle of life get in the way.  It wasn’t until after the run last night that I realized what we are doing incorrectly.  We are always trying to find time to work out.  The thing is that we have to make time to work out.  We can’t be trying to find a way to fit it into our schedule.

I also realized it’s important to never let life overwhelm us and prevent us from staying on task.  In the four years that Rachel and I have spent in “get and stay healthy” mode we have always made sure that we never stop focusing on our most important goals.  I know it’s easy to get distracted and lose sight of our primary objectives.  There’s always, at least in our minds, something more important.  But, we need to set priorities and begin to decipher what truly enriches our lives.  For us working out truly improves our livelihoods.  It gives us a better, more refreshing, perspective on life.  Without it I feel like I am just watching life pass me by, instead of at least running alongside it. 

I have had to suffer through my fair share of injuries.  I have had a variety of setbacks, but one thing has always remained constant – my will to succeed.  I choose, on a daily basis, to never give up or give in, no matter how frustrating things can get.  Some days it does seem easier to just not workout, especially lately.  It seems easier to throw in the towel and refuse to put forth even the slightest effort, but giving up is too easy.  Who said life is supposed to be easy?

We all have the ability to fail, just like we all have the ability to succeed.  The mistake people make is in the follow through, or the lack thereof.  If you choose to not attempt to succeed, then you will surely fail.  But, if you fail in spite of your attempts to succeed, you never really fail.  Success comes in the effort made.  It comes in never giving up.  You must keep in mind that none of us are weak.  In fact, I believe weakness is really just underutilized strength.  We are all built for success. 

Focus on making time for what’s important in your life, rather than trying to find the time.  Remember to stay the course, even when the road gets a little bumpy and unfamiliar.  Keep in mind that success is inherent in all of us, sometimes we just have to choose to try.  Lastly, it’s the hardest goals to achieve that are always the most rewarding.

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