Let's see if you recognise this scenario, it's a weekend, you've just got up and gone downstairs. You've got bed hair, your wearing your pj's under a robe and your first act of the day is to light up as smoke !!
Next is to put the kettle on and while it's boiling you switch on the TV, you take your tea or coffee and slump into your nice comfy armchair. Maybe you even curl your legs under and get nice and cosy !!
On the TV is a live sporting event, it's the London marathon, you've never had any interest in running but for the next few hours you sit and watch while countless thousands of normal people run 26 miles.
Some are elite athletes who make it look easy, some are running in costumes, some are old, some young, some are fast while others are slower and some are in wheelchairs !!
You watch, fascinated by the spectacle and a thought goes through your head…”one day I'd love to do that” !!
Admit it, you've thought that, you have I know because I did the exact same thing years ago !!
It was only a small thought, it barely registered but you know you still want to do it, well guess what ! Unless you put down the computer, switch of the TV, get dressed and put on some trainers and get outside it will never happen. Shock horror, things don't happen just because you thought it…nope, you actually have to make an effort !!
Right now your making excuses right, not enough time to train, the kids need looking after, the in laws are coming to stay, the car needs washing or the grass needs cutting…..just excuses !!
Maybe running the marathon isn't your dream, maybe it's something else ! Maybe you want to swim the channel or climb the three peaks or cycle across America, who knows what secret dream you have. The fact remains that unless you make the time and effort your dream will always be just that…a dream !!
I know it won't be easy, you dream big ! But trust me it's worth the effort, most things worth doing aren't easy otherwise everyone would be doing it !!
The second you take that first stride though…..your a runner, you belong to a world wide club, you feel better, you'll lose weight, gain confidence and be more energetic, your friends will notice the improvements and will take your lead. In six months time you'll be running that marathon or completing whatever challenge you've dreamt of for so long.
Imagine how you'll feel when they hand you your medal, it feels fantastic, but what feels even better is watching your friends finish as well and knowing you had a part in it !!
So, what are you waiting for folks, go get dressed and start living that dream !!!
Just do it !!