Well, I learned a lesson from my kids this morning but don't tell them that. Let me back up to breakfast when I told my oldest son that I was so proud of the hard-working ethic he has in his hockey playing. Now, I don't mean to be braggy, just stating it like I see it. He isn't the top goal scorer but boy he sure is a digger. I just wanted to remind him that hard work will always pay off, maybe not with results that you want right when you want them, but it will sometime.
So, through the day, it got me thinking that maybe I needed to listen to my own advice. Got any sugar? Not the easiest going down when it is yourself you are talking about. It seems easier dishing the medicine out to someone else. You see, it has been easy for me to get down on my crummy winter running pace, get frustrated with the little things like shoes that don't feel right, undermine my abilities to reach my running goals for this year,get sick and tired of dealing with tummy troubles, find excuses to be lazy in bed and then feel guilty all day, think I am making no progress and the list goes on and on. When the truth of the matter is, I am working hard. There I said it. I may not know what always works or the right things to do but I am working hard to find out. I was proud of my son for his hard work even if the results don't always show it so shouldn't I also be proud of myself for my hard work when it is sometimes missing the end product I am hoping for?
So today, take time to take some medicine. It really isn't that bitter. It is an acknowledgement of hard effort and work that you have done and the understanding that if you don't see results now, they will show up sometime but for now, you have a treasure you can't read about in a book or find on the internet, it can't be taught or bought. It is passion.
Do you listen to your own advice?