As I was running today, and having a very hard time of it, I remembered my list. You know the one; it was referenced in my blog last week. Or should I say it was the topic of my blog last week. 100 things I am going to do in 2011. So far somewhat good.
First I want to mention that I have challenged myself to use more positive language. One of my colleagues was telling me that people who swear a lot do so because they have a limited vocabulary. I have promised myself that I would swear less this year so as not to limit my vocabulary. In doing so I have remembered some of the essential guidelines for using language to empower myself to do said things. I am no longer using the word should because as we all know, often times when we say should we really mean we aren't going to do it. Think about it... Have you ever caught yourself saying you should do something when you know in your heart of hearts you aren't going to do it? That is how I historically lived my life. I would say I should run today, while I'm thinking in the back of my mind that it is really OK if I don't do it because I still have 10 weeks of training. The reality is the ultimate goal may not actually just be the race you are doing but instead a more healthy lifestyle. Who are you hurting when you 'should' do something but you don't? The only person who is going to know and feel the negative impact is yourself.
So what does all of this rambling truly mean? It means I am writing my blog because I know it helps me, and I went running today because my ultimate goal is not to finish a marathon but instead instill a healthy lifestyle on all of those around me AND to improve and maintain my own health. I am going to run tomorrow during the snow storm because I can then consider myself 'hard core' and because I promised myself I would run six days a week. Cheers to 2011!!!