"A Can-Do mentality seeks to achieve the end goal in any way possible. A Can't-Do Mentality looks for excuses and smokescreens to block any movement forward because, well, change can be unsettling."
-Some guy named Nick;)
Monday night was the kick-off meeting for the No Boundaries running program at Fleet Feet. I was so excited because I really feel that this is an awesome program for beginning runners. I wish I would have known about it when I started running.
9 of my friends signed up for the program. My prayer for them has been that God will ignite in them the same love and passion for running that He ignited in me. Just signing up was a huge step for many of them and I didn't realize until the meeting how intimidated some of them are by the thought of running a 5k or even 1 mile.
What I was really unprepared for was the amount of grumbling and complaining I heard from the participants. It really frustrated me. One of my friends made a comment that she was suckered into it. She tried to pass it off as a joke, but her face and body language could not hide the fear she was feeling.
Suckered into it?! I actually question myself for a moment. Did I push my friends too hard to participate? Maybe I want this for them more than they want this for themselves? Trying to be as pleasant as possible I told them that their attitude would determine whether or not they were a success in this program or a failure.
I have always been a "go-getter", so sometimes it's hard for me to understand and empathize with an "I can't" attitude. There are people on a waiting list for this program who want to make a lifestyle change. They are ready to play an active role in their life and here are people who have that opportunity and they are grumbling because they might have to get up early one Saturday morning for a training run!
I believe that these people will succeed but they may need a lot more encouragement and prodding than I had initially thought. They may never love running, but by gosh, they will have the tools they need when I get done with them to succeed at it if they want to.
All week I have really been thinking a lot about how our attitude and words affect our lives.
Your attitude and your words are going to make a HUGE impact on whether you succeed or whether you fail. Your words are so powerful. The Bible even says "Words kill; words give life; they are either poison or fruit-you choose" Proverbs 18:21
You can kill a dream or a goal with your negative words or you can give life to those dreams and goals with your positive words.
I have always been athletic, so when I started running it was daunting, but I had a confidence that I could do it. Sometimes I might be a little over confident and try to take on more than I can chew. My God tells me that "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."Phil 4:13, I take that literally. Even when I feel like I might be drowning in my circumstances I choose to speak words of life. I believe that our words frame our lives. I want the frame of my life to be positive. We have all been around people who are negative all the time. What do their words say? "I can't do it, it's too hard, nothing will ever change." They focus on what they can't do, on all the bad things that are happening around them. And nothing ever changes.
Our first training run is this Monday night. I am going to be armed with a positive attitude and full of encouraging words and compassion for all of the new runners. Each one of these people had a specific reason why they signed up; whether it was weight loss, to be more active, to look better in a pair of jeans, or to be more social. I want to help them focus on that so that they can be successful in meeting their goal. I want to help transform their thinking from "I can't" to "I can"!""!
Have you ever had an "I can't" moment? How did you turn it into an "I can" victory?
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Grace and peace,