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Want change? It’s simple.
by Kat Lee

Ten years ago, I had the crazy idea to run a half marathon. My very first half marathon.

Never mind that I was currently incapable of walking to the kitchen without heavy breathing. Never mind that not once in my entire life had I even come close to running 13.anything miles. Never mind that I was very pregnant with my third child and in no condition to…move. Forget about running, right?

Maybe not.

It was absurd, but I decided then and there to start training. Can you picture it? The “Eye of the Tiger” started playing in the background. The resolve settled in my face. I immediately started doing squats, chugging raw eggs and planning my mileage for the week.

Yeah, except it didn’t actually happen like that.

The truth?

I started my half marathon training by choosing to get up and walk to get my OWN ice cream from the fridge instead of pulling my pregnant wife card and asking my husband.

Impressive! Inspiring!

The next day? I upgraded my training and walked around the block. Once. It was a whopping 400 meters. Only about 20,000 shy of a half marathon.

Ridiculous, right?

I had a looooong way to go, but I made simple changes like those day after day. One unimpressive step after another. A year later I ran my first half marathon.

I wake people up early for a living. No, I’m not a drill sergeant or a garbage truck driver or the neighborhood Harley Davidson owner who works the early shift.

I’m a writer.

I write about the power of a morning routine and how waking up even 3 minutes earlier can be life changing. Yes, just 3 minutes. It’s hard to believe, I know.

So many people I meet would LOVE to have a meaningful morning routine, but the change just feels too hard.

May I humbly submit that, it’s not? Or at least it doesn’t have to be. After helping thousands of women, I’ve learned that the biggest obstacle to personal growth isn’t how hard it IS but how hard we MAKE it.

If I had done a web search for “half marathon training” I would likely have been overwhelmed and thought it was an impossible goal for me. But instead as Teddy Roosevelt often quoted (and I’m slightly paraphrasing here), “I did what I could with what I had where I was at.”

Instead of focusing on what I couldn’t do – run a half marathon – I focused on what I could do – get my own ice cream.

When I help people transform their mornings we don’t focus on waking up hours earlier or complex prayer times or fitness routines.

We start simple. Three minutes.

It seems that three minutes couldn’t change anything, but neither did walking to the kitchen to get my ice cream.

Never despise small beginnings.

We think that to run the race we need to suffer in the preparation. We think we need to go big or go home. The problem is that if we actually START by “going big or going home” we really do end up “going big” and then “going home” because we burn out.

Change can be so much simpler than we believe it to be. If we are willing to take one small ridiculous simple step after another. If we acknowledge setbacks but keep on with our small ridiculous simple steps.

If we…just, keep, going.

Before we know it we’ll we’ll have run a marathon or gotten that degree or restored that relationship or lost that weight or transformed life long patterns.

This wisdom isn’t new. Aristotle nailed it in the story of the tortoise and the hare. We all want to be the hare. We want to look fast and feel fast as we move toward change, but sure things are usually unimpressive, slow and steady.

What is it you want to see change in your life? What small, ridiculous, simple step can you take today? Seriously. I want you to write down that one step right now. Put a reminder in your phone. Start today.

And Just. Keep. Going.

Kat Lee’s book, Hello Mornings: How to Build a Grace-Filled, Life-Giving Morning Routine, releases December 5, 2017. Order your copy today!

October 27, 2017 3 Comments

About Kat Lee
Kat Lee is passionate about teaching others how to jump-start each day with a grace-filled, life-giving morning routine. She is a writer, speaker, podcaster and founder of She and her husband, Jimmy, live in Waco, Texas, with their three children. Stay connected with her at

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Hanna says
October 27, 2017 at 8:41 AM
Yes – the best way to make a change, I’ve learned, is to start with one thing at a time. Many of us fail because we try to take it on all at once and get overwhelmed. It’s the same with running. When I decided I wanted to run a half marathon as someone who hadn’t ever been a runner, I started by simply going out for 15-20 minutes to jog without stopping and very gradually built from there – 20 minutes, 25 minutes, 2 miles, 2.5 miles, 3 miles….I didn’t worry about speed work or weekly mileage, I just took one small step a time. 4 years later I’ve now run 4 full marathons and 15 halves. What was once impossible is now normal. That’s how change gets made – our bodies and minds gradually adapting to one small step at a time!

Seana Turner says
October 27, 2017 at 9:43 AM
I love this post, because it makes all things seem possible. 3 minutes, every day, adds up. My daughter and I were just talking about the power of things we do every day. Those are the ones that add up to real change. Of course, we can only alter our own choices, but that is enough! I’m never running a half marathon (because I hate running), but I could do something else. Be willing to dream, and then think about what that first tiny step might be.

Guest says
October 28, 2017 at 1:16 PM
Great read. Reminds me of this poem I was recently introduced to:

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