Making a list, checking it twice

I made a list at the beginning of this year. I checked it twice, and then probably 20 more times…it was a list of goals I wanted to accomplish in 2012. One thing stuck out for me every time I looked at the list…it was one of those things that I would really regret if I didn’t get to check it off this year…

I saw other people had done it and thought, “If they can do it, so can I!” I thought, “Hey, if you don’t do this, who knows when you’ll have time to do this again…” I thought, “You need to do something, anything…to prove that you can be outside of your comfort zone…and live there for a while”. But, I continued to put it off…all year. I was scared. I thought I would do what I so often do, which is start, but not really follow through. But, then it really struck me. I needed to do this, not for any other reason except that I had promised myself that I would.

So, I started, little by little and made progress toward my goal. That was the thing…this wasn’t going to happen over night. It wasn’t something I could just decide to do one day and be done with it. I had to actually, really, truly commit. So, though it was outside my comfort zone on a regular basis, I kept going. And, on Sunday, after months of just thinking about it, then actually signing up for it, and putting in the hard work, I completed my goal…

These poor-quality iPhone photos are my proof that I ran 13.1 miles!

This one thing really isn’t all that incredible, but it has put me in the mindset that, yeah, it might be difficult, but difficult is good…and committing to the goal and actually following through is a trait that I have. And it’s a trait that, if cultivated, will carry into other parts of my life. And that, for me, was the real goal.



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