I like to chase things.
I realized this on my run this morning.
I had stopped for a minute to catch my breath and another runner came running up by me.
I decided to give him a few seconds to get a head start.
And in my head it was a race.
I pushed myself a little more, to try and get him.
I had no idea who he was or why he was running.
But for this moment, he was my motivation.
You see, I’m easily motivated by chasing people or things.
If I have this goal that I can see, I want to do everything in my power to get it.
When I was younger and running club track, I use to get so excited by medals or t shirts.
If the top finishers of a race got a medal or t shirt I would push myself harder than I thought I could, just to get that prize.
They give me a reason to try hard, something to try and obtain.
Growing up I had this built in competition.
Even though I can only count on one hand how many times I’ve beaten her head to head, she’s my motivation.
Most of the time I don’t beat her.
And that’s ok.
I would be in the middle of the race and I could see her in front of me.
It would help me keep my eyes up and focused.
I wanted nothing more than to get her.
Giving me someone to chase down, a reason to push myself.
I realized on my run today that I am easily motivated by people or things.
By the art of chasing them down.
Pushing myself harder than imaginable to try and get them.
It’s a challenge.
And I love that.
Maybe that’s why I love running.
It’s a challenge every time.
Even when you’re running by yourself, if you come up on some innocent runners, try to pass them.
It might sound mean, but it’s not intended to be.
It’s just a form of motivation.
In anything you do, it’s important to find something that motivates you.
A person, thing, or goal, anything that will make you want to push yourself that much more.
Motivation is key if you want to get anything done.
It’s that simple.
If you want to lose 10 pounds but have zero motivation to go to the gym or start eating healthy, it just won’t happen.
That might be harsh but it won’t.
It’s so important to find one thing that motivates you, just one thing to get yourself that much closer to your goal.
For me, it’s people or things.
Something that can get me instant satisfaction.
That’s how I am, I have to get things instantly.
But I’m working on that.
It’ll be different for everyone.
Free t shirts and passing people motivates me when it comes to running but it might not do the trick for you.
That’s when you need to sit and think.
What do I want from this?
What will make me run that much faster?
What is my goal?
It can be something so simple as you just want to be better.
That’s how I see it.
Pushing myself to catch people or things, will make me better in the end.
If I pushed myself to get top three in a race so that I could get a medal, I usually ran a fast time.
If I focused on beating my sister in a race but didn’t end up catching her, I usually still had a great race because I focused on moving up and running faster.
Find that thing that motivates you.
Or if you know what it is, embrace it.
I realized on my run today that I love chasing people.
I love actually having something in front of me to try and get.
Something that pushes me that much harder.
That ignites the fire inside of me.