What Stops You?

As I mentioned on Monday, I started going through The Purpose Driven Life again. Since I am not a morning person, I spend my time reading through this book at night. So, last night, was day 3 which talked about what drives our lives. This quote stuck out…

“Regardless of the cause, fear-driven people often miss great opportunities because they’re afraid to venture out. Instead they play it safe, avoiding risks and trying to maintain the status quo.”

Training to run in a marathon, or completing 2 half marathons, has been a way for me to venture out against a fear of failure. When I lined up to start the Disneyland Half Marathon, I was determined to finish my second half marathon faster than I did the first one and I did. However, along the course, there were many times where I could have just thrown in the towel and decided that finishing would be all that mattered. That was fear talking. At times, I can be that fear-driven person that Rick Warren talked about in this quote. This is something that I’m striving to push beyond. Every run….every workout…has moments where I fear I won’t finish or finish as strongly as I’d like. Sometimes, it’s that fear that keeps me from even starting. Look at what can happen when we face our fears.

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I think this quote stood out because, as I dream of crossing the finish line at the Walt Disney World Marathon, I’m venturing out into the unknown, where I could fail miserably or I could achieve a great victory. In January of this year, I did something I thought I’d never do. I finished a half marathon. One year later, I’m hoping that I will do something that so very few people ever do…finish a full marathon.

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