I cried my way through a film last night. The tears just kept plip plopping down my cheeks and onto the blanket I was wrapped in.
It was called Spirit of the Marathon 2. If you haven't heard of it or seen it and want to watch something truly inspiring, then I'd give it a wholehearted thumbs up.
Some of the tears were tears of sadness. But mostly they were those tears that swell up inside you when you come face to face with the power of the human spirit. The tears that emerge from the understanding that we truly do have the power to achieve remarkable things.
The film followed the stories of several people running the 2012 Rome Marathon. Each person had a very different, but equally moving story.
One of the runners the film followed was a retired cross country coach. His name was Cliff. His eldest son had died in his arms after a struggle with heroin addiction. So many tears plip plopped as he told his story.
Cliff spoke on camera about his time as a coach and what he tried to teach his students. Something he said stood out to me. Actually, almost everything he said stood out to me. Almost every word of the entire film stood out to me. But today, just this:
Set goals. Focus. Enjoy what you do.
Goal-setting to me is a magical thing. It's about asking yourself, what do I want to achieve? What do I want to create? How do I want to push myself? What might I be capable of? What would I do next in my life if I were limitless?
With a compelling goal, life is filled with purpose and meaningful direction. Exciting goals push you to learn and grow. A fulfilling life requires learning and growth. It requires going beyond your current level of ability.
Do you have a goal in your life? Something you're determined to achieve?
If not, what would it be like to create one for yourself?
To reach your goals, you'll need to focus. You'll need to remind yourself daily of what you're doing and why you're doing it. You'll need to say no to things in order to keep saying yes to your goal. You'll need to be relentless. You'll need to work through and past pain, challenges, road blocks and seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
Enjoy what you do
And in the end, the process and the journey has to bring you enjoyment. That's not to say that it has to be easy and fun all along the way. There's a lot of enjoyment to be found in the challenge and the struggle and the overcoming, if you approach it with the right mindset and attitude.
It's about sinking into the journey. Embracing all that it is. Knowing that you don't need to be further along than you already are. Recognising that this is your own race. Valuing whatever the journey offers up to you, day by day.
Today, I'll leave you with this thought:
No matter who you are, no matter what age, what race, what gender, what story you have - you have the power to set and achieve goals beyond what you currently believe you're capable of.
Embracing and exploring that power is what you're here for. To see how far you can go and what you can achieve.
The only question you need to ask yourself is, is this a journey I'm willing to take?
Love and courage,