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COMMITMENT

Sunday, February 02, 2014

So on my first run today (yeah one of those days that I wanted to do two,) I'm running proud thinking about how I've lived up to this running everyday commitment. I wasn't thinking about today's running. No, I was thinking actually about the one mile run last night. I was fighting some bug or allergy the past few days, and last night I was SHOT! I barely stayed up in the afternoon to watch a movie on the couch. About like 9:30 (I think) I remembered that I hadn't done my run for the day. UP I WENT to go for my minimal mile AND IT WAS SNOWING! NOW.........there's some other things at play here. These 4 commitments I made the first of the year are kind of intertwined with one another. Run a hundred days straight for at least a mile? I'll do better, I'll run everyday of the year. EVERYDAY? Yeah but I'll also run 1000 miles this year too. Those two are closely knit together actually. No matter how many miles, it's all adding to the year's total. And the minimum is a mile of course that coincides with the 100 days challenge. And in reality, I can knock that out (usually) in about 10 minutes, and I can gut out 10 minutes of running NO MATTER WHAT! I picked what looks to be not just one of the coldest but the snowiest too (yeah I can really pick them right?) All this has been strategy though. What started as a strategy to still conquer some of them have formed into a group of challenges that are helping one another. Its powered by a bare minimum, but still challenging goal. That's the secret to getting on the path to a goal. Set one that's realistic. You don't set out to achieve a goal that is as realistic as jumping off a cliff and expecting to fly. Something that you can do, but you stretch it out a certain way to make it seem crazier than the norm. Set a bare minimum, or a floor (like the mile,) and DO NOT go below it under ANY circumstances. You say "NO, I HAVE TO DO THIS PLAIN AND SIMPLE." Something that says the word CONSISTENCY! And through the consistency.........you achieve commitment. OR............is it commitment that leads to consistency? MAYBE they both just go TOGETHER!
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