Tag Archives: Marathon

100 Miles

7 Jul

There are many challenges in life. Some days are very difficult and there may be times when the trials we must face seem insurmountable. The road ahead may be long and treacherous, and may look like a hundred miles of trouble and complications. We may doubt our ability to traverse it. When we’re facing a seemingly impossible test, we may feel completely overwhelmed, sure we’ll never survive. Some roads are very hard, some things will test us mightily, and we may suffer great pains of doubt and discomfort. We may struggle with every step and get lost as we try to advance. There may be some seriously wrong turns and the road ahead may be dark and threatening. Some decisions may falter, and we may get turned around and confused, but life isn’t about living perfectly. It’s about living with intention. Where we are right now does not define our future. The direction we’re headed determines what comes next. We might face failure as we try to push forward, but if we don’t give up and continue moving ahead, we will prevail. Everyone wants a life that’s easy with roads that are paved and flat, but it’s the climb that defines us and gives us depth and wisdom. It’s natural to feel unsure when we’re facing foreign territory that’s daunting and difficult. We can’t see everything from the beginning and there are a lot of unknowns. There is no way to clearly see how we’ll get through. But each step will lead us to the next, and if we persist and keep our eyes focused on the road ahead, we will be able to advance. Life is complicated and we will surely be tested and face things we don’t imagine we can overcome. But we are stronger and far more capable than we think we are, and nothing can keep us from success. If we just take one more step forward, and then another, we will find our way and reach the goal.

Sprints are quick and fast. We can jump early and run fast to reach the destination. If we try to live our lives like a sprint – get in, get it done, and get out – we might succeed at some things. But the important lessons come through the test of time. The most valuable and insightful blessings are gained from the marathons we endure, not the quick races we overcome easily. A long journey through unknown territory that tests us and pushes us to our limits, will give us great knowledge and understanding of ourselves and the world around us. Nothing is powerful enough to overcome us and with courage and calm, we can conquer anything.

When we’re facing a big challenge, instead of facing it head on, we may try to wait and see if everything will fall into place and solve itself. Some things will naturally work out over time, but those instances are rare. Looking away from a problem will not help us find the resolution. We have everything we need to overcome anything we must. Every single blessing is already there for us and we have what is required to make it ours.

Today if you’re facing a big challenge and aren’t sure you can survive it, trust yourself. You already possess all the courage and intelligence you need to overcome anything. Stand strong and step forward with confidence. Every destination is possible, and you will succeed.

Just Beyond

1 Mar

We all have dreams and goals we want to achieve. It can be hard to focus on what we want most when our “to do” list is long, and our responsibilities are pressing. Endless distractions can pull our attention away from the things we desire most for what must be accomplished right now. Time continues to move forward and before we realize it, a lot of time may pass by before we revisit our personal goals. It can seem that our dreams are just beyond what we can reach but we are in control of how we spend our time, and even if there is a lot we must accomplish, we can plan to value and set aside time for our own personal progress. It may only be a few minutes on busy days, but if we are determined we can take the time needed to move a little closer to the goals we desire. Few of us have lives unfettered by outside responsibilities, and it can be difficult to make time for ourselves, but our lives are ours to design, and we can always find time for what we value most. Success is always possible, but we must do what is required to make it ours. We know what we want and have everything we need to have the lives we dream of. There will always be chores that need doing, and things to take care of, but with focus and clarity, we can plan so we can accomplish what we must and still have time to work on what we want. Nothing can keep us from anything we desire. We are intelligent and capable and can find our way forward. No matter how complicated things get or how many tasks are pressing, we can set time aside to determine our own futures. Every single dream is there for us, and we can trust ourselves to find the way forward to make them ours.

Nobody can run a marathon the first time they put on running shoes and hit the track. Completing such a huge accomplishment is beyond their capabilities the first day and after the first run, may seem impossible. But with practice, and continued time in pursuit of the goal, it can be accomplished. The same is true in our personal lives. Big goals can seem unattainable when we first look at what is needed to make them ours. The road may be long and arduous, and filled with many complications, but we don’t have to overcome everything the first day out. We can take it one step at a time and solve each issue as it comes. Each step will move us closer and in time, we will succeed.

Few things we desire will come with little or no effort. We may really want to lose ten pounds, and think about it a lot, even plan for it, but if we don’t do what is needed to actually lose it, nothing will change. The same is true for any dream we want to accomplish. Thinking about it, talking about it, making lists and plans but doing nothing will only keep us exactly where we are. Every single goal is possible and by doing the work, nothing is out of reach.

Today if you’ve been putting off your personal goals and setting aside time for yourself, remember your dreams are important. Plan the time you need to move closer to the goals you most want to achieve. Every dream is possible, and nothing can hold you in place. Be confident and sure, and you will succeed.

The Very Last Mile

2 Sep

Life is full of challenges that teach us and sometimes push us to our limits. They may come from decisions we make, and may happen without any influence from us. If we decide to train and run a marathon, on the day of the race, we may feel jubilant and eager for the test. As we begin, the first few miles may fly by. We feel strong and powerful, and look ahead, anticipating success. But as the miles pass, and we continue to push, we may tire and our muscles may begin to ache. We may feel exhausted, and find it hard to keep our focus on the road ahead. As we approach the last phase of the race, we may begin to wonder if we can make it to the finish line. We don’t learn how strong and capable we are during the first mile of any race. Our resilience and determination are defined by how we manage and complete the very last mile. When all our reserves are spent, when our vision is dimmed by sweat and fatigue, and lifting our foot one more time takes everything we have, we discover how committed we are. If we really want to reach the goal, nothing can keep us from it, but that doesn’t mean attaining success will be easy. We may have to pull from deep within and reach for every gift we possess to get there. When the road is long, and the journey has been hard, we may think about quitting. Of course, we are always in control of our lives and can change course at any time. However, if the goal is important to us, we can do whatever is necessary to make it ours. We already possess everything we need to do anything we desire. We can jump any hurdle, solve any problem, and continue forward until we gain the prize. Every single dream is possible, and with patience, endurance, and determination, we can make them ours.

When we must conquer something difficult that draws a lot out of us, we may get overwhelmed. Nobody has unlimited personal resources, and we’re all going to run out of steam at some point. When we’re exhausted and worn out, it’s hard to see all the options before us. We can be dedicated, but we need not push ourselves beyond what we can handle. By managing our time effectively, and planning carefully, we can continue forward, taking the time we need to recharge and find our way to the goal.

Some goals are very hard to achieve. They may be complex and take a long time. The excitement at the beginning helps us get a good start, but when problems arise again and again, and the road gets dark and seems endless, we may lose our passion for the prize. We never have to continue on any road we don’t want. If the goal is too much for us right now, we can set it aside and wait until our situation changes and try again. There will be endless chances to reach success. We can do anything we desire, and reach every destination.

Today if you’ve been pushing toward a goal for a long time, and are weary from the struggle, take a step back and look at all the possibilities available. Take the break you need to refresh yourself, and return toward success. You are stronger and more capable than you realize, and nothing is beyond your reach. Be confident, and move forward. Every destination is there for you, and you will prevail.

The Very End

28 Jul

Life is filled with opportunities. We can do anything we like, and each day brings new possibilities. If we’re focused on what we want to accomplish, we can design our lives in ways that bring us great satisfaction and lasting happiness. All options are possible, but few will come without effort. Of course, we can sail along and just let things roll out as they will, and we may be happy with what we get. But without direction, our lives will simply be a reflection of whatever is happening around us. Without thought and effort, we will never reach the goals we most desire. When we’re looking ahead and are focused on a particular destination, if we plan well and move forward with determination, each step will take us closer to the goal. Some things come quickly, but others will require attention and diligence, and we may have to strain to push ourselves forward. If we’ve been trying hard, and seemingly pushing uphill for a long time, it may be difficult to continue. A marathon race is a long distance. The first few miles may fly by, but as we press forward, putting one foot in front of the other, we will tire. When we get close to the finish line, we may be exhausted, and begin to doubt we can make it. Anyone can accomplish the first mile of a race. It’s the last mile that’s the hardest, and defines who we are. We will never win unless we’re willing to endure to the very end, no matter how hard the race becomes. If we only start out well, excited and full of energy, and then sit down and stop when the road gets hard and miles stretch before us, we will never succeed. Some challenges are very difficult, and will try us, perhaps more than we think we can endure. But there are great reserves of strength and stamina within us. We have all the courage and temerity we need to win. We are strong and powerful, and if we’re determined, nothing can keep us from success.

There is no way to see into the future, and we never know when we begin what will happen or how things will go. Some roads are paved, well-traveled, and easy, and are a snap to navigate. But others may take us through foreign territory, where we don’t know the players, and the terrain is difficult and unknown. Stretching beyond what we know is never easy, but if we want to move toward our goals, we can step forward with confidence. There isn’t anything we can’t manage, and no complication that can hold us in place. We are intelligent and capable, and will find the way forward.

Nobody has unlimited energy and there will be times when we’ll tire and run out of steam. A long challenge will test our ability to endure, and we may have moments when quitting looks very appealing. We can do anything we like, and if the journey is more than we can handle right now, we can step away and do something else. Change is constant, and the chance to start again will come. Every goal is possible and we have everything we need to reach them.

Today if the road you’re on is hard and you’re tired of struggling, look ahead. The end is closer than you think, and you have everything you need to prevail. Be strong and step forward. Nothing can keep you from success, and you will win.

Finally Ready

2 May

Nobody gets a perfectly easy life. There are things we all struggle with and want to change. We have our own desires about how we want our lives to go and what we want to do. There are unlimited things to achieve and we may have many goals we want to work toward and master. Sometimes when we want to change something, we may step forward a little and begin, only to return and wait a little longer. There are lots of reasons why we change our minds. Maybe the timing isn’t right, maybe there are complicating factors that make going forward too difficult, and maybe we’re just not ready to embrace the change yet. The world is filled with all kinds of messages about how we should do things, what we should look like, and where we should go. We can listen to any suggestions we like, but ultimately the lives we’re living are ours to design. There’s no defined time frame for completing any goal and we may take as long as we need to master them and make them ours. If we try once and decide not to move forward, we can set the goal aside and try again another time. Changing our lives takes effort and concentration and we must be ready to do what is needed to make the change complete. When we’re finally ready to start, we can make a plan, take the first step and begin to do what will bring us the desired accomplishment. We can do anything we want. Nothing is too difficult or complicated for us to find the way through. We’re strong, capable and intelligent, and nothing is beyond our reach. Every goal is possible and when we’re ready, we will achieve them.

Not all destinations are easy to reach. Some may take a lot of thought, dedication and time. Losing twenty pounds, getting a promotion at work, or completing a marathon won’t just happen because we’ve decided that’s what we want. We’ll need serious planning, and must be committed to reaching the goal with each step we take. There will always be setbacks and things in the way. Problems will inevitably arise and if we aren’t determined to continue pressing forward, we may get waylaid or completely stop. If we do stop, it doesn’t mean we can’t achieve the goal. We can start again and move ahead until we reach success.

We don’t have to limit our goals and dreams to the parameters set by others. Those around us may think our goals aren’t practical or will be too difficult to achieve. They might be right about some things. They may be difficult, they might take a lot of time, and they might push us to our limits, but if we really want to achieve them, we have everything we need to prevail. We can have the lives we dream about if we’re willing to do what is necessary to gain them. We’re always in control of our decisions and can reach any goal we desire.

Today if you want to achieve a difficult goal that will take time and dedication, and aren’t sure you can succeed, trust yourself. You have everything you need to do anything you want. The whole world is there for you and nothing is out of reach. Decide what you want and then do what you must to achieve it. Every dream is possible and you will prevail.