Happy Motivation Monday!
If you’ve been reading for a while, you know I love to run races. Even if I’m not going for a personal record or if it’s not an “A” race, I just love the race atmosphere. I love seeing people from all walks of life chasing after their goal, being active, supporting others, and choosing health for themselves. Almost always, though, I’m running in the race, and not spectating.
For yesterday’s Dallas Marathon, I tried to register too late – and missed the cut-off. At first, I was bummed, because it’s one of my favorite races, and very close to my house. However, the experience was just as inspiring – if not more so – from the sidelines. I got so much joy in seeing others work towards their goals.
First, I saw Ryan Hall pacing Sara Hall, and had a complete fan girl moment. I think I screamed something like “Ohmygosh it’s Ryan and Sara! I love you guys! Keep it up! Looking strong!”. I also saw Deena Kastor, and yelled her name as well … and she turned back around and smiled! Wow!
I was already smiling from seeing the elites, but then I focused in on the crowds. Two of the runners I coach were running the half marathon, and I wanted to make sure they were on pace, feeling good, and run with them for a block or two. I cannot tell you the surge of emotions that ran through me as I saw each of them running towards me. I felt SO excited for them – they were executing their goals and doing so well. Running with them made me feel like I was chasing my own race goals, and made me so happy! And the happiness was magnified even more when they crossed the finish line like champions. They both did great!
As I helped my athletes realize their dreams, I realized that they were helping me realize my own dreams as well! They made me so proud and grateful to be able to help them!
What does this rambling have to do with you? Today, I challenge you to see the goodness in others, and celebrate their successes. Is a co-worker doing a great job with a tough project? Is a family member really trying hard to get healthy, cultivate a skill, be a better parent, give back to the community? Is your partner or spouse trying to reach a new goal, and getting closer every day? Celebrate their success – and I promise, you’ll feel great yourself.
So tell me in the comments … Do you get joy out of celebrating others? How can you celebrate someone in your life today?