Push Yourself Beyond Your Limits

“A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.” – Tony Robbins

edfAbout two months ago I decided to start running. I was in great shape before that, but I never liked running. Actually, I dreaded running. I would have do any kind of workout before I would have agreed to a run. I used to say that running just isn’t my thing. But there was something about runners that I really admired. The ability to go for miles and miles, to set a pace, a rhythm and just keep going. It was the meditative aspect of running that just drew me to it.

I started with short (3-4 miles) runs barefoot by the ocean. I figured if i was to do an activity I didn’t particularly enjoy, I might as well be inspired by the ocean. I wouldn’t say it was fun, but I did start to enjoy it. Running right by the water, with the seagulls above, the surfers in the water and the empty beach (I would run early morning so the beach was deserted). There was definitely a magic to it. Most days I would run into a group of people training for the triathlon, making their way into the freezing water of the Pacific. It became a ritual to run a few times a week. I even got one of my friends to join me. Then on my 10-year anniversary in US, I decided I was going to run a 10k. It wasn’t an organized race, it was just me and my Garmin tracker barefoot by the water. I didn’t know if I could actually do it since it was double the distance I had ever run before, but somehow I made it happen. That week I ran a second 10k and I started to finally understand what is it about running that people love. I could feel the endorphins rushing through my body, that exhilarating feeling of being incredibly sore and tired, yet knowing you can keep going.

A couple of weeks ago, on a whim, I signed up for a half-marathon. As I clicked on the Submit button, fear started to creep in…could I even do this? Yes, I know people run them all the time, but that didn’t mean I would be able to do it. For the next 2 weeks after that, I mostly did short runs, but in the back of my head I knew I needed to at least try to go for longer runs. Then on Friday I decided I was going to go for a 10-mile run. It seemed daunting. Overwhelming. I planned the run for Sunday morning and on Sunday, I got up, drove the few miles to the beach and started running. I wish I could say that it was a breeze, that I had a ton of fun, but the reality is that most of it was a struggle. It was only when I got to mile 8 that I realized, not only was I already on my longest run ever, but I was actually going to finish the entire 10 miles. When I was done, I sat down in the sand for a second, my legs shaking, and just smiled. No matter how hard it was at one point or another, I had done it.

The whole experience got me thinking about all the other times we are faced to daunting goals and challenges. Most of the times, the goal is achieved the minute we make the decision to take action, the minute we make it clear that nothing will hold us back no matter how many tries it takes or how many times we fall. We keep getting up, keep pushing for the goal until we achieve it. And then we set the next one…and the next one.

So make the decision today and take action immediately. Use the energy from the decision to propel you into the next level of taking action even when you don’t feel like it, when you’re tired, when it’s cold and gloomy, when the odds seem to be against you.

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