As a running coach, I hear a lot of excuses. Sometimes from athletes who fail to get their workouts completed. Sometimes from non-runners who swear they could never be runners. On occasion these excuses are valid. Life happens. Circumstances change. But usually, those excuses are rooted in one thing.
The inability to sacrifice.
I firmly believe that you can accomplish ANYTHING you set your mind to. That the key to success lies in ones ability to do whatever it takes. This is true for any goal, fitness-minded or not.
It's not an accident that I lost 70 pounds. And it's not an accident that I run 40-50 miles per week. And it's not an accident that I have more debt than I am comfortable with. I got to this point because of the sacrifices that I was willing or not willing to make.
Sacrifices aren't easy, but they are usually worth it. Sacrificing my portion sizes and my couch potato lifestyle made me healthier. Sacrificing my sleep and some free time from my schedule has helped become a stronger runner. A better runner. Sure, "giving up" these things was hard at first, but over time they no longer felt like sacrifices and I had become a different person.
Last night, J and I had a discussion about what we are willing to sacrifice to reach our goals. We broke it down, month by month and decided what we could live without. It seems daunting. Daunting but doable. And when we calculated the payoff, a little bit of hardship now is 100% worth it in the end. And I have a feeling that before it's all over, we are going to realize that we aren't sacrificing much at all.
What are you willing to give up to reach your potential?