“Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right.” Henry Ford
Sunday 28th October 2012 – grey sky, cold and the kind of blowing winds that makes you want to stay close to the ‘bathroom’. Unfortunately when you are about to undertake a half marathon that’s just not possible!
Back in early 2012 when I agreed to take up the challenge to run a half marathon, October seemed so far away and I figured that if I started training ‘soon’ I’d be fine. As it happens my training was a bit hit and miss (decidedly more miss in parts). My fault, no excuses!
But let me tell you what I did do:
- I believed that I could do it having completed a 10 mile run for charity before. 3 more miles couldn’t be that different
- Whilst I didn’t stick to the training plan (probably 3 months short of my desired 6 months of training) I did run a handful of 13-mile sessions to reinforce my belief that I could go the distance
What does that prove?
When you draw on events that support and reinforce your ability to accomplish things you build your confidence and self-belief. When you build your confidence and self-belief more things seem possible.
If I had spent time talking myself down; ‘I’ve not trained enough’, I’m not fit enough’, ‘I can’t see me finishing’, I probably wouldn’t even have bothered to turn up on Sunday. And what a waste that would have been…
As it turns out I ran the 13 miles, achieved a personal best and completely enjoyed the challenge. It wasn’t easy but it was rewarding, all the more so because it raised funds for charity.
What are the things you tell yourself you can’t do and what do you reinforce that belief with? What things have you accomplished that could change the ‘I can’t’ to ‘I can’?
I bet there are a number of things…
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