Lately, I've been noticing a pattern to my thoughts that I want to stop, a pattern that, I think, is causing me to remain very inactive. It all begins with "I wish...." I find myself wishing for more money, more motivation, more time, more luck. I read others' status messages and wish that I could win free entry into a series of races (yep, I'm talking about you, LUCKYME2G; thanks for some inspiration) or that I had the money to join a bootcamp or whatever!
Now hoping and wishing are not necessarily bad things... but as the old saying goes, wish in one hand and $h!t in the other and see which one fills up faster. Wishing is nothing without action. And lately, I've been doing a lot of wishing and not a lot of acting. I've even found myself starting out status messages and comments with "I wish." But I have been very conscious of this, and I've actually stopped myself from posting, realizing that I need to stop wishing and start doing! And I'm proud of myself for recognizing this.
(Celebrate the little victories, right?)
From now on, I am banishing "I wish" from my active vocabulary. Whenever an "I wish" pops into my head, I'm going to focus on what action can I take to make the wish a reality!
Now certain things I can't change - I didn't win free entry into a race. But it's the reason that I "wished" that I CAN take action on - the thought behind the wish was that it would give me motivation to train for that race. Well heck, I can just ENTER a race myself if I really want that motivation. Sure, I'm not rolling in extra cash right now, but if I have enough to spend on a dinner out, I certainly have enough to pay a race fee.
I looked into upcoming races, and I've decided I'm going to run in the Spring Fever 5K in Golden on March 23. And I'm going to sign up for the RUN, not the walk! I gave myself plenty of time to get back into running, since I had an injury at the end of the year and since I haven't done a lot of running at altitude. I will sign up for the race tonight!
I'm looking forward to training again, and I'm excited to have a tangible goal to work towards again. If anyone in the Denver area would like to join me, I will post the link in the Denver team after signing up tonight.
Update: Well, well, well... Ask and ye shall receive. I was telling a co-worker about wanting to do a 5K in March. Apparently, my employer pays for us to do the
St. Patrick's Day 5K here in Denver. So I'm going to do that 5K instead!! I was thinking about maybe doing both, but I don't know if it's wise to do 2 5Ks back-to-back weekends like that. But I was wishing for free entry into a 5K, and I got it!