Overcoming Obstacles Leads to Greatness
“The Greater the Obstacle, the Greater the Glory in Overcoming It.”
What is standing in your way of success right now?
What is preventing you from achieving something great?
You may never line up on a track against a couple of cheetahs (literal or metaphorical) but we all have obstacles that we have to stare down and overcome.
Overcoming Obstacles Isn’t Easy
In the book The Last Lecture, Dr. Randy Pausch talks about the brick walls that are in our lives, and how brick walls aren’t meant to keep us from getting the things we want but rather to show us how much we want them by revealing our willingness to get over the wall come hell or high-water.
I’m not much of a metaphor guy, but that one has always stuck with me.
If we really want something, we will do whatever it takes to get it. Whatever.
Overcoming Obstacles as Runners
What are the obstacles that you have to work to overcome as a runner?
A busy schedule with limited time to run?
People holding you back?
There are no shortage of obstacles that get in our way as runners as we move toward our goals, whether your goal is to run a mile without stopping or to qualify for the Olympics.
Set Your Goals High
I love it when people are willing to shoot for the moon in regards to their goals.
In fact, I’m a little envious because I really struggle with setting big goals.
That’s why this quote resonates with me so much.
If you’ve been following me very long you know that I have a goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon, and right now the amount of time I must trim off of my time to qualify is ridiculous.
Some days it almost seems like running a BQ will be impossible for me.
But then I read this quote and begin envisioning how I’m going to feel when I get that BQ.
Right now I’ve got a brick wall that is 63 minutes and 34 seconds tall.
And when I figure out how to get over that joker, there is going to be one hell of a party on the other side!
What Running Obstacles are You Working to Overcome?