This afternoon as I set out for my run there was some doubt in my mind.
Would I be able to run as far as I wanted to?
Will I be prepared for my half marathon in time?
The sun was beating down on me and the temperature read 89 degrees. It was humid as all get out, too.
For some reason, a song by Kanye West kept playing in my head, where he says the words "Determination, Dedication, Motivation"
and it helped me to continue running.
Something else I kept telling myself was what my old spinning instructor used to tell us:
"Tell yourself you can...Your body will follow your mind"
I found that continually telling myself "you can do this" and "you are almost there" helped me to continue running in the heat and humidity, and thinking thoughts such as "I'm never going to make it"
and "it's too hot for this" made me slow down or want to stop.
So many times in life we fail before we even begin because we tell ourselves from the start that we can't do it. I think our body really does follow our mind.
Next time you feel like you can't do something,
try telling yourself you can,
and remember, as a wise teacher once taught me:
Your body will follow your mind.