I haven't been running for very long, just a few months. Well, actually it has been less than that because I started out doing walk/run, but close enough. As it turns out, some of the lessons I've learned from running apply quite nicely to other areas of life as well, including relationships.
- Having a plan is nice, but be prepared to be flexible. Things may not go as expected and you need to be able to adjust along the way.
- If you don't put the time and effort in don't be surprised when you face setbacks. Anything worthwhile requires a commitment, so follow through.
- If you got lazy, slacked off or life just got in the way, don't be afraid to jump back in. You may not be able to start back up where you left off, but you've already blazed that trail once, so you know the way.
- Mind games aren't always a bad thing. But instead of applying them negatively, learn how to use them to keep yourself moving forward in a positive direction.
- Recognize your limits and respect them. Pushing yourself isn't always the right choice.
- Don't be too hard on yourself. Think of each day as a stepping stone to tomorrow. You won't always make it as far as you want, but whatever portion of your goal that you've reached, you're farther along then if you'd done nothing.
- Don't be afraid to change things up. The same thing day in and day out will wear on you after awhile. Change isn't always scary, in fact it can be quite liberating.
- Don't give up, especially when you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. In fact, at that point, if you have it in you, dig in deeper, it will be worth it in the end.