Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Fear

Too many times we don't try something new for fear of the unknown, fear that we will be uncomfortable or fear that we will fail.  I can think of many times I decided to go out with friends instead of staying at home and was so glad I did afterwards.  The memories made and interactions with others is usually always better than giving into comfort, in this case your home.

Comfort can also creep into your career.  I've switched jobs a few times and, each time looking back, I was glad I did.  It's never something I take lightly.  The best thing you can do is go with your gut, listen to your heart and make sure you're not running away from, but to something.  Once you make a decision, never look back with regret.  Fear of the unknown and failure also play a big factor here.  However, if we embrace the unknown many times we'll surprise ourselves how well things work out.  The Universe helps out those who work hard, are persistent and do not fear trying new things.  Always try to discover and chase your (channeling The Alchemist here) Personal Legend.

And finally, running.  Running has always been my favorite metaphor to life.  There's ups and downs.  There's challenges to overcome.  And hard work eventually pays off.  Like life, running is not always fair.  Injuries happen that set you back, but persistence & determination will overcome this.  Fear of failure has never deterred me from signing up for a race.  It's made me scared shitless, but once that gun goes off, there's no room for fear, just instinct.  During training, my fear of being uncomfortable plays a factor every.  single.  week.  It's more comfortable to relax on the couch, but the feeling you get after a run is always better - the feeling of accomplishment and the high from working hard at a God-given talent.  One of my favorite quotes below by Bill Bowerman in the movie Without Limits sums it up perfectly - find meaning in what you do.

Running, one might say, is basically an absurd past-time upon which to be exhausting ourselves. But if you can find meaning, in the kind of running you have to do to stay on this team, chances are you will be able to find meaning in another absurd past-time: Life.

Don't fear.

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