The running season is in full swing with everyone lacing up their sneakers for casual jogs, fun runs, and charity runs, training for half marathon to full marathon. While most of them recognize the benefits running offers in shaping their mental and physical health, the dedication and hard work required to train and participate in a marathon can also teach some life-transforming lessons and can help unlock the mystery of living your best life.
It's not about how fast we run, it's about who we are while we run.
They say "Everything you ever wanted to know about yourself, you can learn in 26.2 miles"
- THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR HARD WORK
Hard work is the only key to success. Team hard work with self-belief and there's nothing that can stop you from achieving your goals and dreams.
A dream or a goal doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. Success is the result of hard work, learning from failure and never giving up.
Patience is like a habit which cannot be inculcated in a single day, it comes with practice. It is a quality that has served us well in all walks of life and patience combined with hard work pronounces a winning combination.
One bad day does not make you a bad runner, patience to rest and come back is what it means to be a good runner. Success is an everyday story and your success lies in your everyday routine. No one meets success in an accident, it needs to be earned through consistent hard efforts.
- PREPARE AND THEN GO WITH THE FLOW
This is a very important life-transforming lesson that one can learn while they run. It is very important to accept that the end result cannot always appear the way you had planned it to be. Sometimes, even after months of hard work, perseverance, strict diet, no junk, discipline, everything healthy, right nutrition and right training, the end result might turn out to be a disappointing one. It is important to accept that winning and losing are both sides of the same coin.
Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn. You have to learn to accept both losing and winning with the same sportsman spirit.
The only difference between winning and losing is not quitting. At the end, one should just focus on their training and preparations, try give your best out there and then just go with the flow. That's what life is all about.
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- WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU MAKES YOU STRONGER
You are lot more than you think you are and you can do a lot more than you think you can and whether you think, you can or can't, you're right!
While you train hard, you are in a constant battle with your heart and brain. They say, it's all about survival of the strongest! And at the end, you only realize that you could manage to survive it all and on how you transformed yourself from strong to stronger!
The lessons learnt are different for everyone. The lessons differ depending on what one needs to learn and inculcate. And once you finish, you will discover that the teacher was actually YOU.
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