Two months into 2017.
Still going strong.
I had not one…
but seven New Year’s resolutions.
16% through with 2017 and I’m still going strong.
I can’t tell you my resolutions. Something bad happens to your motivation when you tell people your intentions and goals.
When you tell people what you’re “gonna” do, it checks some sort of box in your brain, making you feel like you’ve already done it.
But what I can tell you is that I run a set number of miles every week.
For the past two weeks I have gone on a run every day.
It’s day 14 and I just got back from today’s run.
It’s the rainy season here in Oregon – a fine time for running!
Since the beginning of this year I’ve run in snow, rain, sleet, ice…you name it.
It’s probably precipitated for over 80% of my runs. So I just had to get used to it.
Why did I do it?
I run because I made a commitment to myself.
I run because I have to.
There is simply no good choice but to run.
If I don’t run, then I have to face the consequences.
Q: What are the consequences of not doing what you say you’re going to do?
A: Too many to count.
When you don’t commit to yourself, you lose something that’s more precious than gold.
Your word becomes vacant.
You literally speak yourself to vacancy.
What’s worse than being a vacant individual is that you’ve also lost perspective.
You diminish yourself in every dimension. And now that you’ve lost perspective, you no longer have a sight line to the person you set out to become in the first place.
Your confidence actually dips lower than it was before you made the commitment.
When you don’t follow through on your word, it’s devastating to you and everyone around you.
That’s why, no matter how much it sucked, I had to run in the rain.
If you want to change something about your life, it’s inevitable that you will have to do things you don’t want to do.
If you want more for your life, you will have to go to a place where you’re not comfortable.
But that’s the beauty of life. That’s why true accomplishment feels so damn good.
If you gotta do things you don’t want to do, then at the very least do them for you.
It’s easy to do things because your boss says you have to. Or because your kids depend on you.
It’s much harder to do things when you’re the only one enforcing them.
If you’re the only one keeping yourself accountable, it’s easy to slack off.
But when you do, your complacency becomes infectious.
You literally embody the disease of mediocrity. Your failure then becomes contagious and you end up harming the world in ways you won’t necessarily be able to see.
But if you persevere, even when conditions are less than ideal, then you become the cure. You become a leader. You become a light. And you become an inspiration.
That’s why each day I force myself to get out there and be the change that I wish to see in the world…simply by putting one foot in front of the other.
Simple. Not easy…but simple.
Here is my story about running in the rain (see transcript below):
The first time I ran in the rain…
…it was early, way too early.
I was tired.
I had to drag myself out of bed.
And I did. I got out of bed.
And then when I got outside I couldn’t help but think how much different it was than where I was at five minutes ago.
I was warm. Comfortable. Complacent…
I gave myself permission to bitch about how much it sucked…as long as I did it…
When I got out there, it was cold.
It was wet.
It was raining really hard.
I didn’t want to be there.
But I did it…
The second time I ran in the rain…same story.
The third time I ran in the rain…same story.
Fourth time…same story.
Fifth time…same story.
Twelve times. Same story.
Now, I don’t even check the forecast.
I just run…
…in the rain.
And you know what the craziest part is?
The craziest part is…now, I actually like it.