Why not YOU? Dare to become great.

Every one of you reading this is human and because of that you are all united on many levels, many of which you do not often realize. Each one of us has our own version of reality as we go about our lives looking to fulfill the destiny that we have set in our minds. This destiny involves goals in athletics, career, personal, family, and many other areas. However, many of you, self-included, are on some level afraid of these goals. You’re afraid of what it will take to achieve them, what will happen if you fail, and may wonder if you’re worthy of these goals. You wonder why should it be you that gets all that you want in life?

However, the question should be WHY NOT YOU? Who’s to say you’re unworthy and undeserving of getting all that you want in this life? Who’s to say you can’t be the next Steve Prefontaine, Grete Waitz, President, Gandhi, Olympian, CEO, life-changing philanthropist, or whatever it is you desire? Our self-perceived shortcomings often hold us back from achieving our goals when they are simply that, self-perceived. Every single person is a human being who believes they have flaws, has something they don’t like about themselves, and is battling some type of internal struggle. The key is to be enlightened by this simple fact and realize that it’s just a matter of taking that leap of faith to see what you’re worth, go beyond your limits, and fulfill the destiny that you have developed in your own mind.

Everything in this post up to this point is a great starting point, but it is simply that. You have only started to answer the question, why not YOU? My challenge for you this week is to actually take action towards achieving your life goals. I want you to write your  goals down on paper because when you write something down on paper, it is a promise to yourself. I want you to take it one step further though. I want you to comment at the end of this post what your goals are and then again how you have started to take action towards them. I’m going to follow up with you to make sure you are holding that promise to yourself, to me, and to the readers of this blog. I’m in this with you so this week here is what I promise to do: Personal Goal – introducing myself to everyone at this weekend’s parties and events, further expanding my network. Running Goal – 2 high intensity speed workouts (3 mile repeats, fast paced 5 mile tempo run) to chase my sub 2:30 marathon goal. Career Goal – putting the pen to paper for my first motivational speech brainstorm.

It is a simple fact that you only get a certain amount of time on this earth. I find it best to follow a similar mentality to Steve Jobs when scared of going after something. I tell myself I’m going to be dead in 70-ish years, so why not just take every chance I get? I challenge you to go after that PR, perhaps embark on your first run, ask out the cute girl/guy, chase your career dreams, and dare to risk it all whatever that may mean for you. Our video this week puts it well: “There are no second chances…Every one of these moments is a test that you get to take one time, and only one time. So if you see an opening tear into it. If you get a shot at victory make damn sure you take it. Seize that moment. That moment is a cross roads where everything you want will collide with everything standing in your way.” Don’t forget to post your goals in the comment section, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by doing so. Everything you desire is within your grasp, you just have to be willing to go after it and fight for it.

Always in Stride,


P.S. I have a HUGE Christmas/Holiday gift for all of you that I will be delivering this Wednesday! Make sure to check back, you will absolutely love it, promise.

Song of the Week – All of the Above – Maino

Quote of the Week – “Almost everything–all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs

YouTube Video of the Week – Versus Commercial “You vs. Them”


  1. Goals – STRETCH Daily ….there is always time for a stretch. EAT at least 5 foods that are from fruit/veggie group. BREATHE…..it all works out. SLEEP Fitfully. Feel better already. :)

    • These goals are great and things we should all strive for. I know I am very guilty of the first one of not stretching enough. Unfortunately I can’t get away with it like I did in high school. Following these goals will lead to fulfilling, healthy life and some really great runs/races for sure! I especially love the breathe one. It’s amazing what just taking a deep breath and relaxing can do for a situation. I can’t wait to hear about your progress!

  2. To find the perfect way to balance career aspirations with running and getting the athletic satisfaction I need. I added you to my Blogroll, welcome to the blogger world!

    • Kristen! It is so great to hear from you and find you here! What is the address of your blog? I’d love to read it and catch up as well. Balancing career and running is certainly tough especially in the winter months with little daylight. Its tough when long hours wear you out and daylight runs are rare. I’d love to hear your strategy on it!

      • Hey my blog is http://www.taleswithatouchofclass.wordpress.com. I find that with it getting dark at 5:00 PM, it’s very hard to run outside. I leave for work at 6:50 A.M. and won’t get home until 5:45 P.M. (50 minute+ commute) I have to drive through the city of Pittsburgh, so often times I’m hestitant to break off in a run (say around 5 PM on the drive home) because I’m worried I’ll face greater traffic leaving the city. The strategy I’ve been doing lately is treadmill, but doing less mileage and focusing on shorter, faster. I’m currently not training for races (it’s Dec.. no races really). So I’ll do 4 or 5 miles but at a faster pace. (for example: do the first mile at 8:00 then drop to 7:00 by mile 4) I change up speeds and elevation. My mission is to maintain weight, and the treadmill is no outside but you do break a good sweat and still get the endorphins!

  3. Complete my first marathon in October 2012, run at least 100 miles during Runner’s World Run Streak, get more sleep, and many more. This is an awesome blog, thanks so much for putting the time into it!

    • Hey Timothy! That’s an absolutely awesome goal! Which marathon are you planning on going after? Those are some great goals and will certainly help your training a lot. I love the events/challenges/blogs that they have as they are so good. Thanks for your kinds words, I really enjoy writing this and hearing feedback and stories of how people are going after their goals. I can’t wait to hear more about yours.

  4. For those with long commutes, another strategy is to break off mid -drive (near a trail or whereever) and just do your run to avoid the traffic.

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