It’s funny how, if you keep your eyes and ears open, something can really inspire you at a moment when you needed it.
I started running almost 6 months ago. It’s been awhile since I ran- at least running after something other than a toddler! I’ve been running for…me! To help me feel better, both mentally and physically. I really enjoy it. But lately, since the weather has changed, I have felt less motivated. When it rains or is cold, it’s really hard to do it.
For 13 years now one of my goals has been to run the Indianapolis Mini-Marathon. I wasn’t even a runner- I just wanted to do it! I haven’t shared this goal with anyone besides my hubby and BFF because I wasn’t sure I could actually do it (shame on me for not sharing.. I know!). This summer I actually started believing that maybe 2012 could be the year! Then again, as the weather approached, I saw it slowly slipping away with my motivation.
Then last week, I was reading the blog post from The Confident Mom. I love her posts- they are so practical and inspirational. If you get a chance, read her blog at http://www.theconfidentmom.com
She was sharing her own struggle with running. It was such an inspiration to me! I realized I was being lazy about my goal and also selfish for not sharing it publicly because I didn’t know if I could achieve it. By her sharing her blog, it inspired me.
So I’ve decided to share this goal publicly for accountability and to remind you of tips to help you keep your goals:
1. Start with baby steps. In June, I literally would run 1 minute, run 2 minutes etc. until I got up to a half hour.
2. If possible, find someone who can be a partner with you. I know I wouldn’t go running when it’s raining or dark if it weren’t for my running partner counting on me. Even though we only can run together once a week now, I have to run the other days to be able to keep up on our days together. Knowing this keeps me motivated as well.
3. Find an accountability partner. Someone you can trust to help hold you accountable. By telling someone, you make it more real. This is one reason I am sharing with you today.
4. Don’t be so hard on yourself. If you miss a day (or a week), don’t be “all or nothing” and think it’s all over. Start back up again.
I’m using these myself. Look for moments of inspiration, like the one I found in the blog I told you about.
So what goals are you making?
Written by Natalie Chandler
Natalie Chandler, MA, LMHC is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Natalie enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, and couples counseling. We also specialize in family counseling, child, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield, and Zionsville