There is no denying it, I love the thrill, excitement, and energy I get from training for a race. As a result, I am always training for something and I have learned that in order to be in the best shape on race day I have to trust and commit to a training plan. A training plan is a set of goals that get you ready for race day. Every training plan I have ever attempted requires two things, time and patience.
Despite what I like to think, training plans are not designed to have you up and running a half marathon in a week. They actually require a long-term commitment. Once you commit to a training plan, you commit to months of hard core workouts in the gyms, long runs even on the days you would rather be at home eating Ben and Jerry’s ice cream (the kind with the brownies), and the never ending feeling of sore muscles. You commit to a handful of great training days and some not so great training days. You also commit to feelings of disappointment when you miss one of your training goals and have to make major adjustments in the training plan. You commit to the frustration that comes along with simply not being ready to take your body to next level. Most importantly to commit to that rush of excitement you get when you cross the finish line!
In order to be successful, following a training plan requires that you understand that success takes time and patience. By now I am sure that you are fully aware of our #DARE2016 Challenge. If not, check out our blogs on Dreaming, Accelerating, Reaching, and Engaging. You can also listen to our new podcast to hear all about the challenge. I would like to suggest that just like following a training plan, the ability to #DARE requires time and patience. When you start the processes of making your dreams and goals a reality you commit to the time and patience it takes to get it done. Just like committing to a training plan, the journey sometimes includes feelings of disappointment and frustration. However, the excitement and energy that comes along with smashing your goals is always worth it.
Here are two lessons from my training plan that you might find helpful when remembering that success requires Time and Patience:
1. Be patient and kind with yourself -- Don’t beat yourself up; it is ok (even expected) that you will hit a few roadblocks along the way. The key is to remember you are human, things happen, and there is nothing wrong with readjusting some things before getting back to the grind.
2. Enjoy every part of the process -- Yes, the end goal is sweet! However, reaching that goal takes time and there is something special to be savored in every part of the process. Don’t get so consumed with the end result that you miss out on the in-between moments that will bring you as much (or even more) joy than the end result.
Keep Calm. Be Patient. Don’t Rush it. Trust the Process. You got this! Send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us what you're aiming for this year.