What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

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My client Erika has a long standing relationship with running. A long standing history of NOT liking it, that is. She has told me over our past two years that she finds it hard and overwhelming. It just isn’t something that feels good to her. So she has avoided it. Like the plague. Instead she comes to my Sync Fitness Boot Camp three days a week. She can do more push ups and jump squats than practically anyone else in the room. Anytime we have any sort of timed competition, Erika comes in first or second place. So, clearly she’s a natural athlete. But she does not run.

Until about a month ago. Erika came in and told me she signed up for a 5K running program with Seattle’s Running Evolution. Of course, I got super excited. I knew she could do it. But she did not know if she could do it.

It has now been just a few weeks and today Erika’s Facebook post read, “All the way around Greenlake, check!” Greenlake is about a 3 mile loop – almost the distance of a 5K. In just a few short weeks, Erika took something she felt intimidated and overwhelmed by and conquered. She KILLED it! She turned her biggest athletic nemesis into her biggest accomplishment. Can you say IMPRESSIVE!

Erika is signed up for the Top Pot 5K in a few weeks, where she will surely smash her goal of completing a 5K.

This reminds me of one of my favorite quotes, “What would you do if you knew you could not fail?” Erika was not sure she could meet her goal when she set out to try, but look at her – she met her goal in record time. This is how lives change. This is how we grow and evolve. This is how we improve ourselves to be better for those around us. Erika has two kids, Hanna and Charlie. Imagine how they will see their mom now. What an amazing example she has set for her kids. She COMPLETELY stepped out of her comfort zone to try something new and different. And she was triumphant. What a fantastic lesson and model for Hanna and Charlie.

So as you look toward the spring and summer, think about what you would like to change about yourself. What goal would you like to rise up and meet? What kind of example would you like to set for your kids? WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU KNEW YOU COULD NOT FAIL?



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Brenda on April 1, 2011 at 5:05 pm.

Yay! I remember Erika! I knew she could do it. Way to go Erika! Look at you kicking ass and inspiring others. Whooohooo!


Susan on April 2, 2011 at 12:36 am.

Yay Erika! I am very impressed! You have inspired me to (perhaps) try to run more than the length of the parking lot at the Fitness Lab.


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