Running is awful. Running is wonderful. I can think both thoughts within a five minute span and be equally convinced of its truth at the time. I initially started running as a weight loss measure, but the longer I ran, the more I realized that running helped me to practice mind over body. Did you know that in marathon training, most plans never call for a full run of 26.2? The longest run is usually in between 18-22 miles. The idea being that if your body is able to run the 18-22 miles in a practice run then it is capable of running 26.2 on race day. The bigger obstacle is getting your mind to believe you are capable of the 26.2.
What are you capable of that you have a hard time getting your mind to believe? Does your mind believe you are capable of accomplishing anything you are determined to do? My mind doesn’t believe I can successfully write this blog. The day after I decided to start writing, I had already talked myself out of doing it. It is easier, by far, to think about doing something, than to actually start doing it. I paid some money, got my site live and started getting followers, my mind still said to stop. “You will only be able to write about so many things before you run out of new material.” My brain tells me this often, or another one of it’s favorite’s, “You can’t sustain this.Just stop now.” Why do I have this fight? Because I am letting fear have far too much say. My FEAR doesn’t believe I can successfully write this blog. My INSECURITY doesn’t believe I will have enough valuable things to say.
Just like in so many other areas, we choose to believe the negative over the positive. Why do we default to self doubt instead of self confidence? Maybe it’s cultural, maybe it’s psychological, maybe it’s a conditioned response, maybe it’s all of the above. Whatever the reason, we keep doing it. I’ve found the best remedy is to surround yourself with people who see your worth even when you don’t. When you can’t believe in yourself, believe in the people who do. As they lift you up, you will begin to see the truth in what they say. They will give you you’re strength until you find your own.