Starting Something you Love

Are you ready to start something new and exciting?

This post is inspired by my friends at Escape the City who have declared 2011 the year to start something you love.

Ten years ago this month, I took my first tentative run.  A trek from my front door to the bandstand in my local park.

God knows where the idea came from.  I nearly threw up after those epic 1,473 yards.  Yet I’d made it.

I didn’t realize it, but I was starting something I have come to love.

Over the last decade I’ve run over 6,000 miles and spent more than forty days in the act.  I’ve run on four continents in sun, rain, snow, ice, hail, fog, mist and darkness.

I’ve worn out 13 pairs of running shoes and made holes in over 30 pairs of socks.  I’ve even worn lycra tights – a lot.

I’ve had great ideas, cleared my mind, pulled muscles, stood in poo, fallen over five times.

I’ve made new friends and strengthened old friendships on long training runs.

I’ve finished 3 marathons, 6 half marathons – things I never thought possible

Running is now a central part of my life.

In short I took a risk and started something I loved.

From this experience, I’ve realized there are two things that are necessary to starting something you love:

1. Taking a risk

It’s easy to stick with old patterns, stay with the safe, the known.  There is no risk in the old routine.

It’s a lot riskier to do something different: to find that course, group or  idea and actually make the effort to get started.

Yet, a lot of these risks have been the best I’ve ever taken.

When I signed up and paid the money for a year-long coaching course, it was a risk.  I had no idea it would become my way of making a living.

2. Time and effort

It definitely took a few weeks of running and starting to see some improvement and really know it was for me.

It would have been easy to write it off after the first run and slink back to my couch.

By persevering, I started to go further and faster.  Eventually, I even started to enjoy myself.

Sticking power allowed me to explore running properly and realize it was something I loved.

Starting something you love

This year I’m taking a course in mindfulness and have signed up for a photography class.

What will you do to start something you love?  Whether it’s origami, going to Africa, volunteering, finding a new job or bird watching – take a risk and get started today.

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  1. Phil
    February 10, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    How will you start something you love?

  2. marina
    February 15, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    great post, thank you :)

  3. February 28, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    Risk is a powerful friend in disguise, and a powerful mentor if we let it.
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  4. May 12, 2011 at 6:33 am | Permalink

    I very much agree with the general idea being expressed here.
    I would have to say that writing for me is my passion. That is the reason why I’m here. And yes taking risk, this is the difference between who succeeds and who doesn’t. Those who take risks open themselves up to chance that they will come out on top in the long run.


  5. June 5, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Getting started with something you love is one of the key steps towards finding your ideal work (whether or not that makes you a living).

    Great post!
    Brian Cormack Carr recently posted..Will A Personality Test Help Me Pick The Right Career

  6. September 13, 2011 at 4:56 am | Permalink

    Wow that was great! It seems that you are having a great time in starting something new you love to do and I’m happy for you. You make me inspired and I came to a point and realize doing something I love for a change. I love your concept. Keep on sharing and I’m looking forward to your wonderful experience in taking photography class.

    More blessings to you,
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  7. October 12, 2011 at 1:56 am | Permalink

    I always start doing something I love and make me happy as well. Glad to know you that you are doing something you love which is entering in a photography class, I wish you for a good luck and always be happy as always!:)
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