Hello there you!
Do you need the motivation and discipline to move forward with your goals?
This is a photo of myself, my race bib and my medal after I ran and completed Dublin Marathon in 2013 (I ran my first Dublin Marathon in 2010)
How did I feel? Delighted, relieved, exhausted, sore, but proud!
How did I make this happen?
I spent 4 solid months training 6 days per week, booked a few 5k and 10k races as part of my training plan and followed a great marathon book (that book was my training and nutrition coach)
Looking back it was hard work (results always take determination, belief in yourself and discipline) and there were plenty of times where I felt like giving up, shed tears and my confidence was knocked. But, I would always focus on the end goal and visualized myself running over that finishing line. That picture was always placed firmly in my mind.
If you want it, you can fly,
You just have to trust ‘you’ a lotSteve Jobs
When you set goals, you need to have a structured plan, believe in yourself and then visualize it.
Give yourself a pep talk!
Whenever you lack the motivation to move forward with your goals, ask yourself:
- What can I do differently?
- Why did I start?
- How can I make this work going forward?
Running a marathon is HARD WORK and you need to put in that time and commitment. Build yourself up and pace yourself.
Like everything, most of it is all in the mind. What you feed yourself mentally certainly affects your performance.
Be kind to yourself with that self-talk!
When you put in the work, then you get results. It’s all in the preparation, believing in yourself, doing the research and being disciplined.
Keep checking in with yourself and reflect.
Plan of action and final thoughts
I make sure I follow a plan, set goals, have a clear vision and I work hard at what I set out to achieve.
Should you be training for a marathon, working towards a big job promotion, changing career, wanting to lose weight or anything that involves commitment; you need to put in the work, be disciplined, prepare, plan and visualize that end result! But, being kind to yourself too.
- What changes do you need to make going forward?
- How can you make that change happen?
You can do whatever you put your mind to. Believe in yourself, lace up those trainers and get starting!
3 replies on “Discipline, Self-Belief and Hard Work to Reach that Finishing Line!!”
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Such a lovely post. It shows people that anything is possible if they actually take the steps to realise their dreams. I, for one, just started running more frequently this past half year, and I can attest that long distances can feel pretty dang lonely when your legs are aching and you’re gasping for air. Best of all, you can apply this discipline to other pursuits of life.
Thanks so much for this inspiration, Bernie!
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Oh yes it’s all about discipline and taking it step by step when it comes to following your dreams. From one runner to another there is nothing like that runners high is there? (when it happens that is) Thanks for your lovely comments Stuart and have a great week 🙂