If you have never sold yourself short before you started, then this post will have no bearing on you and the way you lead your life. But, I would bet that none of us could say that. How many of us have given up before we even started? When we looked at what was before us and thought to ourselves, “There is no way I can do that?” It is ok, you can raise your hand…no one else can see you. Even if you don’t raise your hand, you know. We all know. We can try to make excuses and prove it as “ok”, but deep down, we know. It is easier to say we can’t than to actually try to say we failed. No one wants to fail. Especially if people are watching. I am focused on getting better every day, in whatever way I can be – to my family and friends, to the people I work with, to the people I may never meet. I am not going to say, “I quit”. I have an extreme 5k this weekend which I envision to be something like an obstacle course for boot camp attendees that will test my will and determination. Challenging me with many different tasks using different muscles as each station on the course also tests my mental toughness will be my greatest adversary. I have never completed in a “race” like this but am excited for this opportunity and I want to be able to say, “I did that!” because that sounds so much better than, “I quit that!” When we give up, we give up on not the task, but on ourselves. We don’t need to worry about what happens to be standing between us and success because we never give it a chance. Sure, we can try and fail, but I would rather do that than to try to convince myself that I wasn’t worth the effort. You are worth it and so am I so when we are faced with a barrier that seems to be blocking our way, we need to find a way to get to our destination. We are our own worst enemy when we stop working to do what could be some of our greatest accomplishments. YOU should not stand in YOUR way to ever prevent YOU from getting where YOU need to go. Don’t ever quit. You will live with the thought of, “If only I had not ___________” for the rest of your life. Who wants to carry that regret? Not me!
Michelle Homme 2012 ©