Go the extra Mile

Turning Point– a time at which a decisive change in a situation occurs, especially one with beneficial results.”


 

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I couldn’t bare staying the same; neither would I succumb to the tension I had built up in me. I just needed an escape to get a plan of action together; so I went for a run. Just like that my mind was cleared. Then I went for another run the next day; 6am in the morning to be exact. Soon this little habit of mine would turn into a mile a day run. Rarely have I’ve taken days off since. What if I hadn’t change? I did change. Failure wasn’t an option.

Today marks 7 years since I created a lifestyle that saved me from myself. God heard my signal of distress; seeing as how I literally took the first step. It’s what happens when blind faith meets divine intervention. I smile and chuckle a bit thinking about that young man I used to be. He has vanished for good reason!

It’s hard to convince people now that I wasn’t this motivational individual I am today. Back then I had weight problems that fluctuated and my health started to be in danger due to turmoil and stress. It’s like standing beside yourself feeling burnt out. Without a healthy release things can go south very quickly; but nothing alters until we help ourselves.

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There’s an interesting theory called the “Zeigarnik effect” coined by psychologist Bluma Zeigarnik. The theory states we remember interrupted or uncompleted tasks better than tasks that have been completed. We can directly relate this to our “what ifs” and “coulda, woulda, shoulda’s.” It’s also harmful in showing that we, as individuals, are so busy trying to correct unfinished business we build internal tension. This can make us overlook our good qualities and characteristics. Not providing a form of positive stability in self motivating ourselves can cause us to demoralize ourselves mentally.

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We must be careful in how we speak to ourselves when deciding on going that extra mile. Those self talks can either provide us uplifting motivation or demotivate and deter us to start. We cannot let the damage and hits we take from the world inflict damage to the person we need to constantly grow into. It can feel like a huge pressure to suddenly change our ways; it can only happen by a gradual build up from daily commitments. Take heart and be reminded that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

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“Intent reveals desires; actions reveals commitment.” – Steve Maraboli

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” – Vince Lombardi

“The only way to defeat pain is to recognize pain exists.” – Ray Lewis

“May the favor of the lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us. Yes, establish the work of our hands.” – Psalms 90:17


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