My running partner and I got out of the car at 8:00 in the morning. Our goal was to run twice around a lake—equaling 7 miles. A distance we have run several times before, but I am not a morning person and by 8:00 the temperature was already reaching ninety. It was smack dab in the middle of the hundred-plus heat wave. We stretched, splashed water behind our ears, and started trotting.
My running partner is normally a very encouraging person, but that day he was just not feelin’ it. We made it about half a mile before he grumpily admitted, “If you weren’t here, I’d turn around right now!” We kept going. After making it once around the lake—3.5 miles—we stopped for a water break and stretched some more. I asked if he wanted to keep going or just head home. He told me it was up to me. We kept going. He said, “I can’t believe I let you decide!” I said, “We’re practicing dedication and discipline!” We laughed. At the end we both admitted the second time around felt better than the first. Then we drove home.
Our two other running partners ran a different route an hour and a half before us. They laughed at us, saying we were loopy.
I realized some of the words we used that day describe what we need to be to achieve our dreams: Dedicated, Disciplined, and a little Loopy!
“Wholly committed to something, as to an ideal, political cause, or personal goal.” If we want to make our dreams happen, we need to stick by them. No matter what happens, what people say, or what doubts we face, we need to be willing to keep holding on—never let go of your dreams!
“Activity, exercise, or a regimen that develops or improves a skill.” This is the only way we can take our dreams to their full potential. We need to be willing to buckle down and work at it.
“Eccentric; crazy; dotty.” There will be times when people might look at you, shake their heads, and wonder what in the world you are doing. These are usually the people who have never attempted to pursue a dream bigger than living a life of comfort. But…when being a little loopy is coupled with dedication and discipline, amazing things can happen!
I want to end this post with a quote from Kent Wright’s blog Iron Sharpens Iron, Men Strengthen Men:
“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” –Muhammad Ali