I’m so happy to have Coco here today! She always has insightful thoughts about life and running that are often sprinkled with humor. Plus, as an empty nester, she helps me maintain my perspective on parenting and that life will return to normal one day! I had the honor of meeting Coco last year at Fitbloggin‘ and she’s a fellow Fitfluential Ambassador. Please welcome her warmly!
Hello, everyone! I’m Coco and I blog at Running With Perseverance. I am really honored to be writing this guest post for Christine. I hope you all enjoy my musings today.
We’ve all heard the cliché: The first step is the hardest. It sure can feel that way when we are getting ready to chase after a big goal. We may ponder, plan, and procrastinate, wanting everything to fall into place, and waiting for that perfect moment to start. Yes, sometimes it can be hard to take that first step, but I don’t think it’s the hardest.
When we first set out after a goal, we are full of enthusiasm and optimism. The steps we are taking are new and exciting–even fun. The road ahead may be long, but we can see the progress we are making and that propels us forward.
But then the road gets bumpy. We take a detour. We lose sight of the path that leads to our goal. We slip. We fall.
I think the hardest step isn’t the first step. I think the hardest step is the step we need to take when we know the road won’t be smooth. I think the hardest step is the step we need to take when we know how hard it will be to take that step, and the next step, and the next step–just to get back to where we were when we lost our way. I think the hardest step is the step we need to take after we have gone so far off course that we don’t think we can get back on track.
But if we dig deep and take that step, and the next step, and the next step–if we keep trying to put one foot in front of another, even when each step forward seems to be followed by two steps back–we will eventually reach our goal.
Have you set a goal that took determination and perseverance to achieve?
How do you stay motivated when things don’t go smoothly?
Coco is a wife, mother (empty-nester), attorney, and runner. She has been running since 2001, through the trials of injuries, raising teenagers, and managing a successful but stressful career. She authors the blog Running with Perseverance where she catalogs my thoughts, experiences, struggles, and triumphs as she tries to balance everything life throws my way with fitness and faith