TORONTO June 27th. Digital Champion Stephanie McAulay will be running her third marathon at STWM this year for Epilepsy Halton, Peel, Hamilton. She believes that with the right attitude, goals, and plan, you can become the best version of you and in this blog post Stephanie talks about how to put desire into action. You can connect with Stephanie on twitter @StephMcAulay and on her blog here.
Putting Desire Into Action. By Stephanie McAulay
Motivation [noun]: 1. The reason or reasons one has for acting in a particular way.
2. The general desire or willingness of someone to do something.
It’s a simple concept.
You have to desire or willingness to do something so you do it.
However, at some point we face challenges, reasons and excuses that lead us to endure a lack of motivation towards running, exercise or personal goals.
So how do you keep that motivation flowing?
Start by looking at what you have accomplished to get to where you are today. If you don’t feel like you have accomplished much, I encourage you to write out a list of all the things you have done and I bet you will surprise yourself.
Next, look at the list and I mean really look at it! Remember the feelings each one of those events brought into your life. You are probably feeling pretty good about yourself right now!
Finally, write out why you run and why you signed up for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon this year. Something motivated you to fill out the registration form and that motivation is what will keep you going through the months of training ahead.
Now that you have written down all the reasons to stay motivated, I encourage you to read this list whenever you need an extra push!
This year I will be running my 3rd marathon at STWM with Epilepsy Halton, Peel, Hamilton. Living with epilepsy was my motivation for signing up and completing the full marathon.
As a person with epilepsy, I want to do everything I can to show that living with epilepsy is not a challenge, reason or excuse to not do things. For me, it is simply something that I have to think about daily, but it WILL NOT stop me from completing every goal I have in life.
As some extra inspiration when you need it, I asked a few of my running friends to share their favourite motivational quotes:
“I may not be perfect, but parts of me are pretty awesome.” @johnlepp
“It pains me to continue, but it hurts more to stop.” @The_Real_Alyssa
“The difference between try and triumph is a little ‘umph.” @10kmom
“Push through the can’t.” @christadavidson
“Can’t stop, won’t stop, just keep moving forward.” @stevewlayton
“You feel pain today to make them feel pain tomorrow.” @zepphead
“The body achieves what the mind believes.” @TorontoFitMom
“Pain is temporary, pride lasts forever.” @alexflint