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The Motivating Power of Running

It’s easy for us to fall into a rut of complacency. When there is no one to hold us accountable, we must rely on an internal desire to succeed and progress.

The unfortunate truth of the matter is: when that fire inside ourselves starts to dwindle – so too does our ability to start it back up every time we have time to ourselves.

This unfortunate thought process, once started, can flood into every aspect of your life.

You once loved to read books or the news in the morning, but now your alarm is set for 15 minutes before you need to leave the house for work.

You once were committed to exercising after you got home, however now you’ve fallen into the consistent practice of watching Netflix, ordering your food for delivery and keeping yourself stationary until it’s time to get in bed, at which point you may or may not have the energy to pick up that book that has been staring at you from your nightstand for the last, what you now realize, 5 weeks.

If your daily routine consists of something similar to what I just described, and you have any desire to change the way you walk through life, I have just the catalyst for you.

Lace up your sneakers and start trotting.

It doesn’t matter where you go, how fast your pace is, or how long you stay out for, so long as you start.

Running or jogging is a personally decided-upon activity. No one can tell you to get out there and do it other than yourself. You can download tools to track your route and reward yourself intrinsically by sharing your progress made, however without the personal intention and conscious effort that got you started, you’d still be sitting on your couch.

Getting in the habit of running, jogging, or walking for that matter, has potential to catalyze personally driven action in other areas of your life.

By choosing to do something that takes both physical and mental effort, you instill the notion in your subconscious that you have the energy to get things done outside of your occupational setting that are personally rewarding.

In my experience, I have started to run after work and it has in turn resulted in incredibly productive nights and with time, mornings as well.

Once I get back from work, all I want to do is relax. However, after I get out and get my legs moving, energy that I didn’t know was present floods into my body and my mind. Motivation that wasn’t previously present is suddenly overwhelming.

The beautiful thing about this activity is that this energy and motivation doesn’t go anywhere once you stop.

Next thing you know, you’re cranking through 30 pages of your book and an article before bed, in addition to watching an episode of Shark Tank with dinner and having a great conversation with your roommates or significant other.

And by the time you’re ready to sleep, you can honestly acknowledge that you were able to knock out everything you intended to, so when you wake up in the morning, you know it is possible all over again.

Running can be tough – but you can be tougher. All it takes is a few days of believing in your ability to practice mind over matter, and accepting and transferring the undeniable energy that floods your system once you’re standing at the finish line.

Take it from me, you won’t regret starting once you realize how much it motivates you to do everything else you’ve been “meaning” to do.

1 Comment

  1. Sally says:

    I look forward to you blog & it helps this old lady to kick myself in the butt to get moving. Otherwise I would just read. Does “kicking my butt” count as exercise?

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