Inspiration, Leadership

Our “Dos” and “Don’ts” Define Us


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I almost quit.

 

10 steps out the door for my first workout toward a goal I have set for myself this summer (complete a duathlon), I was freezing. 38 degrees with 20-25 mph winds, and I was about to go running.

 

A few days before, I’d laid out my workouts for every day until the end of August. I’m not a natural planner, but I had a plan. I finished that work, and decided mentally my mantra for this endeavor: “I don’t miss workouts.”

 

So there I was. Just after 5 AM. Outside. In the dark. Listening to the wind whip about me. And I was tempted to quit—change the workout or make it up later. And then my mantra spoke up: “I don’t miss workouts.”

 

10 minutes into the workout it was still cold, still windy, still dark, and my face was already numb.

 

But no one else was up.

 

No one else was around.

 

But I was running; thinking about my goal; thinking about August and doing something I had never done before. I was filled with the adrenaline that comes from doing something difficult, something other people won’t do to accomplish something other people won’t experience.

 

Not because they can’t, but because they need a “do” or “don’t” to help them.

 

Our “dos” and “don’ts” define us; they set our limits; they stretch our aspirations and enable our accomplishments.

 

What “do” or “don’t” are you trying on for size? What difference is it making?

 

I don’t miss workouts.

 

I do duathlons.

 

Comment. Make it public. Do.

 

 

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