Success Lesson from a Smiling and Sweaty Runner

Success Goals

I went on my regular 10k run yesterday and noticed something I thought was interesting.

Before I get into that let me set the stage by giving you the conditions that day.

When I run I usually listen to music and sometimes to interviews or audios on personal development and business.

The sun was shining and it didn’t take long for me to work up a sweat.

It’s a beautiful run along the seawall. The ocean water slowly rolls into the marinas housing luxury yachts. Skyscrapers and modern architecture surround the city core only to be outdone by the vast mountains in the distance all around.

When I run I usually listen to music and sometimes to interviews or audios on personal development and business.

Running in such an amazing environment makes me feel grateful.

And that in turn gets my smiling.

I’m sure some people wonder why a runner dripping with sweat in the sun is smiling.

That’s what got me thinking…

I’m smiling because I know how good exercise is for my body and mind. It makes me feel great.

During my run I pass all kinds of people and many of them, certainly, don’t look happy to be running.

I can understand.

Take a minute think about what you’re not doing that you know you should be. Then today or tomorrow, not next week or month, start doing it.

It’s probably the last thing they really want to be doing that day.

They could have come up with hundreds of excuses not to be running and getting in shape.

‘It’s too hot’.

‘I’m feeling tired’

‘I didn’t sleep well last night’

‘I need new shoes’

‘It will take too long’

And the list could go on and on…

Here’s the thing, they pushed all their possible excuses to the side and decided to do it.

Everyone one of us makes excuses about one thing or another at some point in our lives.

So my question to you today is ‘what are you making excuses for and putting off?’

My story is about running and health. Yours doesn’t have to be. It can be anything.

Should you be picking up the phone and making some sales calls? Going to more networking events? Investing in your marketing or attending workshops? Spending more time with your family? Getting up an hourly earlier to exercise? You get the idea, right?

Take a minute think about what you’re not doing that you know you should be. Then today or tomorrow, not next week or month, start doing it.

Getting started is the hard part.

I wish you the greatest success.

  • Roger

    Great lesson here!

  • Emma Nkatha

    Hi Michael,

    This is the best article for my situation today…..and to think that I opened it on 1st of July….what a better day to start something that I have been putting off than the 1st of the month?

    Today I re-start my exercise regime and get back to a healthy diet.
    Today I put my business details in order and forge forward
    Today I put away my fears and approach the first client
    Today I stop blaming everyone for my failures and take responsibility for my actions

    Today is the day I turn over a new leaf into the success I want to become…..

    Thank you Michael.

    Regards,
    Emma

    • Emma – You are very welcome and great to hear from you. Wishing you the best and make it a great one!