Sunday, 21 April 2013

R is for ..... Reading Success Stories

R is for ... Reading Success Stories.

Today was the London Marathon.  I know a couple of people who decided a few months ago to take on the challenge, and they have both been training hard, going through all of the effects of piling on the miles...sore legs, tired body, exhaustion, and probably more. Today, they completed their first marathons, and raised I don't know how much for charity.
They seem absolutely overjoyed to have achieved their goal. I know I would be. It seems the kind of emotion that you can only understand by experiencing it first hand. The emotion you experience when you achieve a goal you have been working towards for months and months had finally been reached. All the dedication and effort was worth it. It meant something. It achieved something.
I suppose I could call myself a runner. I'm not in any club and I don't follow any strict regime, but I enjoy running. I'm not great by any standards. The most I have ran is a half marathon, and I still have a dream to run a whole marathon one day. However, I just need to commit myself. I need to dedicate myself. I need to sign up. I need a plan of action and a goal. So, if I want to do it so much, then why don't I just do it!? Maybe I'm scared...or nervous. Maybe I think it's too hard. I'm not sure. I'll find some excuse not to sign up...not to dedicate myself 110%. It needs to stop. I need some of that positive mental attitude. I need to remind myself that I can do it if I put my mind to it. It is me and me only who will decide on if I will reach this goal or not.
That's when reading success stories is probably the best thing for gathering up some motivation, some inspiration, and some realisation that I can do it if I really want to. Other people's stories of success are a reminder of what we can do if we put our minds to it. If we commit. We all want to achieve a dream, work towards a goal, do something amazing. We all lack motivation on occasion. We all need some support to get where we want to go. We all want to believe that yes, I can do that too!
I am so so happy that people around the world are achieving their goals, are dedicating themselves to something great. I really think we should all do this. We should all have goals. We should all have something to work towards, because if we don't then aren't we just plodding along? Aren't we just wandering around without direction? We need something concrete to work towards, no matter how big or small.
I love reading success stories. It reminds me to refocus. It reminds me of what I want to achieve. It reminds me of what I can achieve. It reminds me that I need goals.


  1. Hi Stephanie, student of life, (love that phrase btw, really like your blog!) And I'm so excited to be your #50th follower! Glad I found you through the A to Z Challenge. I look forward to reading more of your thoughtful posts.

  2. Hi there popped by as a fellow challenger on the A to Z and have enjoyed reading your posts Becs

  3. Always nice to meet a fellow Runner Girl!!!!
    Just a couple of years ahead in the journey- ran my fourth full marathon in Jan this year.

  4. Enjoyed reading this.! :)

    -Fellow blogger from A to Z!

  5. Reading success stories can get you motivated and hear is hoping soon I will be reading about you running that full marathon :)

    Lucy from Lucy's Reality

  6. You won't find me running, but I do like to read stories about success. So glad that we pushed you past the 50 follower mark.

    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out