In whatever context you may know this quote, the not-so-subtle words are loud and clear: to achieve anything you have to start somewhere. But do you ever feel as if you are cemented on a muddy beach, dreamily looking at everyone who is blissfully enjoying the sunshine and ocean, wondering why your feet don’t seem to budge? Moments of feeling “stuck” have likely struck us all at one time or another. Complacency and simply thinking about whatever situation you may be in (a quarter-life crisis, perhaps?) certainly won’t get you anywhere. And to get out of it, I propose you do something bold.
Follow these three easy steps to get unstuck:
1. Stop waiting and observing those around you.
2. Set a clear goal with a timeline for success to keep you motivated.
3. Tell friends, family members and your social networks to help you and hold you accountable.
Maybe it’s something you have always wanted to do but found every excuse not to, or maybe it terrifies you because you aren’t sure if you can achieve it. It should push your boundaries, open your mind to new possibilities, and ultimately enrich your life in ways beyond your wildest imagination. (But we’ll get to that later, first let’s get started.)
Achieving tough goals is more of a mental challenge than anything else. Overcoming the risk of failure, the challenge of training, and the even more terrifying thought – what if I actually SUCCEED – can be tough. The mental strength, reward, and addicting endorphin release while accomplishing your goal, however, far exceeds any barrier your mind has constructed.
Last week, I signed up for my bold adventure, the California International Marathon. Twenty weeks from now I will cross the finish line for my first marathon, breaking down a mental barrier and achieving a goal that both terrifies and excites me. The journey ahead will be a physical, mental and emotional adventure, and I am ready for what’s to come. Stay tuned for more training stories and tips as I document the journey along the way.
In the meantime, what bold adventure will you choose?