Monday, October 19, 2009
“You are only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”
Robin William’s humor and wisdom also extends to his quotes. He is right, we are each given a “little spark of madness,” that little part of the soul that isn’t scared to dream or fly or laugh or trust or dance or sing.
Unfortunately, we live in a world that is often eager to extinguish the spark. I was talking to my best friend the other day and she was pointing out how many “don’t” messag-es we receive in our lifetime. She recounted how as children we are told: Don’t run. Don’t touch. Don’t be mean. Don’t talk back. Then we get older and hear: Don’t park here. Don’t speed. Don’t cross. Don’t drink coffee (or do, then don’t, depending on the latest study). Don’t eat processed foods. Don’t be late. Don’t walk
In the wake of all of life’s “don’t messages,” we must be sure to feed that little spark of madness that still wants to “do, do, do.”
When was the last time you “let go” and had fun for the sake of having fun? When was the last time you let that little spark of madness burn brightly?
Saturday, October 17, 2009
I DID IT!!! Won 1st place in my age group (40-44) on my 1st 5k run
It was pretty exciting for being my first race. As most of you know, I have been doing practice runs for the past 2 months. I am so glad I did. It helped me pace myself. I knew what my time needed to be by the half way point. My pace was 20 seconds slower than I wanted, so picked it up for the last half. It was funny how my breathing would pick up from other runners. I had to refocus and breath my pace. I remember what everyone told me on here (SP), run your race. So I concentrated on that. For the past couple weeks I have been practicing on sprinting the last stretch of the race. So today when I reached the top of the hill, I started my quick breathing and stretched out my legs. It felt really good. There wasn't anyone around me when I reached the finish line. With God's strength and P90X bringing me to an awesome fitness level, I was able to raise the bar for the 40 - 44 yr old age group P90X "BRING IT" TEAM for being my inspiration! All of you that have been running in races and doing TRI's motivated me to do this.
The BIGGEST goes out to my no. 1 supporter's/cheerleaders, Melanie & "Bri". Both of them did AWESOME waking up early this morning and being there for me. They cheered me on and took some AWESOME photo's. I LOVE YOU BOTH
Here are some of those AWESOME photo's:
1st 5k Run
stretching before the race
I wasn't able to do this before P90X
smile for the camera
waiting for the race to begin
and I'm off
finished 5k run @ 23.37.4 1st in age group, 19th in over all
smile for the camera at the end of the race
chit chatting with fellow racer
My BABY, no. 1 supporter, cheerleader, and photographer
final standing results
An AWESOME experience! Can't wait to do some more next year!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
“Do or do not. There is no ‘try’.” ~Yoda or "Do Your best and forget the rest" ~Tony Horton~
In one of the goal groups I lead, I have noticed how ingrained the concept of “trying” has become. People (especially women) confidently affirm, “I will try.” When it comes to affirming action “I will do,” the words come much slower, if at all.
Most of us are great at setting goals; in fact we are goal-setting experts. We have set goals a thousand times or more. What we are not so great at is reaching them. In order to influence reaching our goals, we have to follow Yoda’s wisdom. We need to replace “try” with “do.”
Committing to a goal for an entire year can be challenging (or even 90 days). Avoid getting so wrapped up in the future that today is lost. What practical steps can you take this week that move you toward your goal? What step can you take today? Journal your answers, making each step realistic, measurable, and manageable. Today do not go out and try, go out and “do.”
While reading this, I can't help to think about baby steps. Think of a goal. Plan out how you are going to reach that goal. Then focus on the the small steps to reach that goal. Before you know it, you will have accomplished your goal.
Another thought that crossed my mind was the conversation Melanie and I had a couple days ago. I was describing to her how quickly my last practice run felt. There is a stop sign that is the mid-point of the run. The first couple times I did the practice runs, I focused on that stop sign. It felt like I would never get there. This last time I focused on the street and my strides. When I did this, that street didn't seem as long and I had cut 30 seconds off my time when I reached the stop sign (that may have been coincidence). I'm sure you get my point, focus on the small steps.
Monday, October 12, 2009
We are never given a dream without the power to make it come true…
I recently read a book about gold-medal Olympians and their stories. While various techniques, skills and training methods were used to attain success, one thing remained constant–the dedication to the dream.
Most great accomplishments aren’t found at the end of smooth pathways. They are found by climbing mountains, going through dark valleys and treading through murky water. When we start ONLY looking at the mountain, or a dark valley, or murky water, it is easy to lose sight of the dream. Bach reminds us that “We are never given a dream without the power to make it come true.” While we will get sidetracked and look other directions at times, we have to remember to hold the vision of our dream like we would a precious jewel.
Think of all the people who have had great visions and dreams… Martin Luther King, the Wright brothers, Alexander Graham Bell, Walt Disney … a long and varied list is endless. Had one of these individuals chosen not to cherish the dream and nurture it forward, our world would be vastly different.
What is your precious jewel of a dream? It can be simple or complex, but whatever it is do not lose sight of it. The realization of a dream will have a profound influence on your home, your community, the country, or the world.
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