“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when the circumstance permit. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results” – Anthony Goldsmith
As some of you may know I entered and won the overall First Timer women’s category in “My First Tri” last year. I’m not telling you this to brag, well, ok, maybe just a little bragging (ha ha). But, what I want to talk about here is not the victory, but what happened when I signed up for the event. There was no turning back, I spent my money and made a commitment to myself. It’s very interesting what happens with our brains after we make a commitment to ourselves. We look around and find ways to make the training happen. Our minds start thinking differently; instead of saying, “I don’t have time.” We get creative and stop making excuses. Once we commit, we seem to find the time. Saying, “No, maybe next time,” shuts our brains down and we don’t look for solutions to our challenges. We stay on the side lines, safely in our comfort zone, looking at other people and wonder how they do it, never challenging ourselves. When you say “Yes,” you look at the challenge differently because now you have a concrete goal, and who wants to let themselves down? Your commitment does not have to be a triathlon (maybe it’s a charity 5k), but make that commitment to yourself for a healthier lifestyle. Who knows, you might surprise yourself and be stronger than you thought! Remember the important thing is not where you place, but that you set a goal and worked hard to accomplish it! So get off the couch and enjoy the journey of life because you never know when the journey will be over.