2016’s word was Respect (you can read that post here). 2017’s word was Patience (you can read about that here). I am joining the Friday Five 2.0 from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy to share why Believe is my 2018 word.
Oddly, I didn’t give Patience must thought in 2017. I didn’t even remember that it was my word for the year; usually I do keep that word in my thoughts. I feel that at time I did a good job with Patience, and at other times, I failed miserably with it. On the running front, though, I found my last point in last year’s post highly interesting:
It takes a #holotta patience to keep training, without seeing results, knowing that someday that training will pay off. But it’s worth it. It’s so totally worth it.
Because yes, 2017 was the year that years and years of training and disappointing races (and let’s not forget my first year with Coach Rachel) paid off. In spades! Yes, I wrote the paragraph above after my big PR at PCB, but before all the subsequent PRs of 2017.
You just have to believe. And let’s get right to why Believe is my word for 2018.
I need to believe in myself
I definitely suffered from poor self esteem growing up. And as most creative people, I tend to believe that I’m not good enough.
One of my favorite mantras is:
What the mind believes, the body achieves
I need to believe in the plan Coach Rachel creates for me
I was a little scared when Coach Rachel @ Runningonhappy had me running more weekly miles than I was used to last year. The last time I’d run that much, I ended up injured.
No injuries for 2017 and a #holotta PRs. Just believe in the plan!
I need to believe anything is possible
I was very surprised at some of the PRs I earned in 2017. While I do best when I don’t put a whole lot of pressure on myself to PR — trust me, I know how funny that sounds, but it’s true — I also need to believe in the plan, and believe that my body can definitely surprise me.
I need to believe everything will fall into place
At the moment I am only signed up for one half in 2018; I wouldn’t have even signed up for that particular race, but it’s part of something else. Yes, that’s what they call a tease. Before 2016 had even come to a close, I was signed up for two of the halfs I ran.
Yet I wasn’t signed up for the other two, and they weren’t even races I had ever even heard about, much less considered. I like to have a plan, but I also truly believe that things happen for a reason.
So while not really having a plan for 2018 yet kind of makes me itchy, I believe that things will work themselves out the way they are supposed to.
I need to believe that I can continue to improve
Is it necessary to improve? No, of course not, but it is also human nature to want to improve. I do believe that given the right day and the right circumstances, I still have a faster half in me.
Some of the races I’m eyeing in 2018 are daunting, and highly unlikely to be a PR. The one I’m already signed up for? It won’t be an easy race, but it won’t be at elevation or killer inclines, either.
Even without a plan, I believe that 2018 can be a great year filled with new challenges to conquer, more fun with friends, and yes, hopefully more hiking, too!
Talk to me. Leave a comment or answer a question:
Do you have a word for 2018?
Did you have a word for 2017 — and did it guide you?
What do you believe 2018 holds for you?