As a new found hobby, I picked up on running a few months back and it has grown to be more than just a hobby for me. It is my new found sense of self, my new love ❤ 🙂 Amongst many other health benefits of being physically active and healthy, it has taught me a few very important life lessons, I wish to carry for life.
As per the ‘Goal Setting Theory of Motivation’ by Locke and Latham, one tends to be more committed to a goal when it is intrinsic and also a ‘public’ goal rather than a directed and/or private goal (Thanks a ton, to my college Prof. Dr. Rachna Gandhi – I still remember your Organisational Behavior classes word for word without referring to the textbook). I have it on my blog as a public goal to do a half marathon – progress from 5K to 10K and then to 22K in a year’s time from now (Nov 27th, 2019 to be precise).
Five things running has taught me
It is very important to be persistent and not give up when the going gets tough. Grit is the key that helps you hold on in adversity.
Best things in life, come with a buffer of time. We can’t start today and expect to see magical results in a week. Building one’s stamina and willpower takes time and it is the passage of time which works wonders when you look back trying to connect the dots.
At times, you just get lazy and want to procrastinate. All the motivation disappears and you have little to drag yourself out of bed. In such times, an ironclad discipline will help to pull along the long journey ahead. Like it or hate it, but just do it.
4) Loving what you do
When you enjoy and truly have fun doing what you do, it becomes less of a chore or task to do on your list. It becomes as good as play to you and you are much regretful if you miss doing your favorite activity even 1 day. You do it not because you have to, but because you want to 🙂
No matter how hard we try, life has its own ups and downs. We may lose track or sight of our goal sometimes, but finding consistency and the will to be back on track even if you fall behind, helps you stay connected.