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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