Before coming up with the idea to start a website and journal my progress, I was reading the chapter in The School of Greatness on getting healthy – and not letting excuses get in the way.
I decided that I was going to go on a run that night when I got home.
As soon as I got home from work, I walked the dog, and then spent about 20 minutes seriously contemplating if I was really going to go on a run. After all, it was a mild 30-degree evening and the forecast kept wavering between whether it was going to snow or not. (PS – it did end up snowing after I went on my run!)
Here are a list of excuses that kept running through my mind:
- I just worked a full 8 hours, and had been up since 5am
- It was 30 degrees out
- Snow was a possibility
- I was not in shape
Then I remembered what the book talked about: successful people do what needs to be done regardless of how they feel.
That was it.
I put on my running shoes, started a fresh podcast episode, and walked out the door.
My run only lasted 8 minutes, and I think I ran just under a mile, maybe 0.8 miles or something.
Not exactly impressive– except for the fact that I hadn’t run in 4-5 weeks, it was 30 degrees, and I took action.
I felt amazing.
I wanted to thank Lewis right away, even if he would never see it. So, naturally, I went to Twitter and mentioned him in my tweet.
About an hour later I got a notification that someone tweeted me….
….it was Lewis:
How freaking cool is that?!
Here I am, two days later, I finished the book and am ready to jump in and commit to this thing. I’m taking advantage of this sudden burst of motivation I’m having.
Greatness will be mine in the next 365 days.