As I mentioned yesterday, I have just finished Chrissie Wellington’s book and with that, I have quite a few lessons to carry with me. One of my favorite lessons comes from the following paragraph:
I am motivated above all by that little voice inside that urges me on to fulfill my potential. Everyone has that same voice in them somewhere, but many are too scared to listen to it, too scared to try, too scared of failure. That fear is immobilizing, but it is also our own personal construct and therefore doesn’t really exist in reality. Never imagine anything impossible.
Fear is a personal construct. Fear doesn’t really exist.
When I think about my running and my athletic life, I have quite a few goals I want to accomplish. But I see these goals as far fetched and not something I can really do. I don’t know why I see them that way. I just do. Or I guess I have constructed my own fear of failing, hence making it impossible from the beginning. But if fear is my own personal construct, then this is something I can change. Time to start working on this…
And I’ll use this to keep me inspired:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Happy Trails and Happy Running,