The most common thing my non running friends say to me is, I wish I had your motivation….
I get this, I really do. Motivating yourself to get it done, can be really hard. There is always something else that needs doing or something more appealing. I used to be exactly the same.
That was, until we adopted our son. He was almost 3 year old and very spirited, shall we say.
Keeping up with him was a full time job. One day, after trying to run after him on his scooter and failing for the umpteenth time, I knew I had to change. I finally had a reason bigger than all my excuses.
He became my reason, my why, my motivation.
He is the reason I started running and why I have continued.
I didn’t want him to have an overweight, unfit mum. I wanted to enjoy his childhood. I wanted to keep up with him. I wanted to make him proud.
Now, whenever I have a tough race, I write his name on my watch hand. Whenever I check my pace, I am reminded of my why.
That little boy waiting at home for me, expecting me to return with a medal or a trophy. That little boy who deserves better. I can’t let him down.
I think of all the sacrifices I have made to train, the bedtime stories I have missed. I see his name on my hand and tell myself to make it worth it, make it count.
So, next time you are lacking in motivation, think back to why you started, think of your why.
It is impossible to stay truly committed to anything until you know your why. Your why is the significant reason that underlies everything and becomes your core driver and motivator.
Once you identify your why, you will become unstoppable.