motivation monday: my 4 words for the new year

by Barb on January 6, 2013

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2013 words

Being a wordsmith, the idea of encapsulating my New Year’s Resolutions in a word, or two is exhilarating. After all, when I’m faltering on a run like my 7.2 mile long run yesterday, I always start my mantra: Run strong, run strong, run strong. Words work. They convey ideas, thoughts, feelings.

After some thought last week, I came up with 4 words:

Compassion, Release, Dedication, and Discipline.

Compassion – Because too often it’s easy not to ask “What else could it be?”

Release – Because the negative thoughts, the rehashing, they don’t need to take up real estate in my head. Because sometimes it’s better just to think “Whatever” when someone says something that could be a dig. Because we all need forgiveness in life.

Dedication – To do anything well takes dedication. Because practice makes us better and better and better. After all, I can only run those 13 races in 2013 if I get up run. Even if it’s raining. Even if it’s snowing. Even if I’m tired.

Discipline – A companion to dedication, and yet able to stand on its own. Discipline is Michael Jordan shooting over and over again to increase the number of shots that go in.

I wrote the words out on a large index card and posted them on my printer where I’ll see them every day.

How do you keep yourself on track with your New Year’s Resolutions? Can a word or two encapsulate your goals? Or a vision board?

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Trina Peruski O'Boyle January 7, 2013 at 9:16 am

Thanks for your motivational quotes…they are helping me get back into the groove of working out. I go through stages and this stage of not working out has been a LONG one.

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Barb January 7, 2013 at 10:17 am

I have an inspirational photo on my iPhone’s home screen and background which I see every time I use mapmyrun. It reminds me about my #13in2013 goal. I also send reminders to myself to do things like planks during the day.

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Stacy Uncorked January 7, 2013 at 9:29 am

Those are excellent words for the New Year – I need to pick some (and soon!) :)
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Diane Balch January 7, 2013 at 9:52 am

Barb your new year’s words are very inspiring.

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Barb January 7, 2013 at 10:16 am

Thank you!

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Lauryn January 7, 2013 at 11:05 am

Barb, you amaze me. What an inspiring woman you are…I can’t wait to get to know you better! So proud of your discipline with running. Keep up the great work!
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Raya January 7, 2013 at 11:33 am

Thank you for this post! I didn’t make any resolutions, but I know there are things from 2012 that I refuse to carry into 2013. Your words are an inspiration to stay on track.
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Colleen Mook January 8, 2013 at 10:44 am

Great post Barb! I read it yesterday but had to come back today and comment. As I was running today and not feeling it at one point, I told myself to “Run Strong.” This will now be my running mantra too b/c sometimes you need more than, “I can do this.” I like it. Thanks for the inspiration.

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Barb January 8, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Thank you! Anytime I say that phrase, it gets me going. It reminds me of Nike’s phrase.

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