What Training for a 5k Can Teach You About Life

Originall published on: http://jeangilliswellness.com/service/blog/2016/05/20/what-training-for-a-5k-can-teach-you-about-life



1. To Reach a Goal, You Need a Plan - Antoine de Saint-Exupery said “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” To successfully reach your goal, you need to gradually and consistently following a plan to get there. 

2. You Get Better By Doing - Whatever skill you’d like to improve, you’ll only get better by doing it. You can’t just wish to be better at something. You need to be determined enough to put in the time, and patient enough to hang in there through the challenges. 

3. Take it Step, By Step - It’s easier to take on a large undertaking when you break it down, approaching it step, by step, mile by mile, rather than taking on the whole distance at once. 

4. Keep Moving - It doesn’t matter how slow you go, just keep moving forward. When things get tough, and they always do, keep pushing through, and you’ll get a second wind.

5. Comparison is the Thief of Joy - We are all running or walking our own race, on our own journey. Aim for being better than you were yesterday, not better than the person next to you.

6. You are Capable of So Much More - You can accomplish so much more than you think you can. Often what limits us from reaching our full potential are our own doubts and fears. Although taking on a new challenge can be scary, nothing compares with that feeling of accomplishment that follows. 

7. Just Breathe - This is more than just a cliche, it’s very sound advice for any situation. When you need to find your calm, your focus, your motivation etc, just take five deep, belly breaths, inhaling through the nose, and exhaling through the mouth, and feel the world change. 

8. Your Body is a Miracle - As long as you take a gradual approach, and you give your body adequate time to recover, it has the amazing ability to adapt and get stronger. “Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live.” -Jim Rohn

9. Progress Not Perfection - On the way to reaching a goal, it’s normal to experience setbacks. Beating ourselves up for a mistake or lacking discipline is counterproductive, and could make us want to quit all together. When you get off track, reflect on why it happened, make a plan to prevent it the next time, and move on. 

10. Enjoy the Journey - There will be good days, and not so good days. Enjoy the former, and learn from the latter. You never know what can happen on race day, and you may not cross the finish line on the first attempt, so enjoy each step along the way. 

Are you inspired? Then join me for my 8 week 5k program, starting June 6th, to train for the Hot to Trot 5k in Upton. Details and registration here. Need more convincing or have questions? Email me at jeangilliswellness@gmail.com. Most of the time what limits us from accomplishing our dreams is our own fear and self doubt. As Dr. Susan Jeffers recommends, "Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway." Go for it! You'll never know, unless you try. 

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