When you’ve made the decision to get started on your goals, you’ve got to do two things. First you’ve got to make a plan, then you need to stick to it.
When I decided I wanted to run a 5K, I searched around and found a training plan called “Couch to 5K” at coolrunning.com. It promised to help “couch potatoes” become real runners within two months.
Getting started was amazingly easy – the first work-out alternated jogging for 60 seconds and walking for 90 seconds for a total of 20 minutes. Woohoo! I knew I could run for one minute. I was so thrilled to progress in the plan, adding minute after minute to my runs. Until week four.
All this time, and I can only run five minutes at a time, max.
So what? That’s what the plan says to do.
But I need to run three miles straight – like 30 minutes – about a month from now.
What if I can’t do it? What if five minutes is all I can do?
So what if it is? There are no firing squads poised to take out the stragglers.
I kept moving and worked my way through the rest of the plan. On the day of the race, I ran the whole thing. During the next several months, I ran four more 5K races, some with real runners (I came in 98th out of 100, but so what? I smoked that 8-year-old girl in 99th place by a full 20 seconds). Last fall I trained with my daughter Margaret, age 10, and on a cold and rainy October morning, she ran her first 5K.
Getting started was hard, but it was worth it. Keeping moving was tough too, but a lot easier than starting again after a stop. The best part was looking back and seeing that I’d overcome my fears and taken myself to a new level not only in my health and fitness, but in my self-confidence.
This reminds me of Philippians 3:12 – “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”
Don’t give up on your calling. It’s worth the work! Just keep moving.
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