Blogger Greg of “A Fat Man’s Marathon” has a goal to, well, run a marathon, along with some other extremely challenging races. With no experience, no training, and no idea where to start, this man had the gumption to get going anyways. Having started with a ‘Couch to 5k’ program, Greg next plans to build up to participate in a 10k, then a 10 mile, then a mini triathlon, and so forth, until he finally completes his life’s goal of an Iron Man. This is no small matter.
What inspired this man, with no background in running whatsoever, to tackle the types of ambitious races that many hardened, and well-trained runners shy away from? One word: determination.
It is that same determination that helped pick Greg up when he had given up and was considering quitting on his goal. When life had gotten the better of him and he had stopped running for several months, this undefeatable determination stepped in to help him “get up, brush off, and try again.”
Greg is an inspiration for us all. When life gets us down and it seems like the inevitable choice to simply quit mid-change, these are the times when it is important to channel our own inner determination. Don’t let discouragement, disappointment, frustration, or any other emotional obstacle prevent us from getting back up and starting over.
There is no shame in failing and then trying again; the only real tragedy lies in permanently quitting. So don’t stop, don’t give up, and don’t be afraid to work on making that change . . . repeatedly if necessary.