I like to get my workouts out the way early doors generally, and this Saturday was no different.
The plan in my head was to smash a 5k run with a nice hill section. Life had other plans. For various reasons I was still at home at 2pm (and very hungry).
A massive part of me was saying, “It’s Saturday, take a rest. Maybe do it tomorrow… maybe not…”
I’ll be honest, it was tempting to tell myself it was too late in the day, that I was too hungry, and that I had other stuff to be getting on with.
But I set out anyway, telling myself I’d do a shorter run.
Sure enough about 2km in I wanted to call it quits.
Stroll back home.
But I didn’t. I kept going, because I knew if I stopped I’d be sending a message to myself that this was too hard, that I shouldn’t have started, and that wasn’t a message I wanted.
So I kept going, and as I crested the summit of Primrose Hill at about 4.5km I smiled, because I suddenly felt great.
You know what else? The rest of the afternoon was great. I’d done what I’d set out to do and not let myself talk myself out of it.
Why am I sharing this?
Because sometimes it can feel so easy to put that thing off, to say, “I’ll start tomorrow”.
Instead do something. Take some kind of action however small in the direction of your goal.
You’ll silence your inner critic, and start believing in yourself a little more each time.
It’s not so much about what you’re doing, but WHY you’re doing it.
Once you believe in yourself enough, then anything becomes possible.