We are often told to “look at the big picture” of every situation, circumstance or challenge that we face. Keep doing that because I agree 100%.
However, that doesn’t mean we should disregard the little things, minor details or the “small battles” we face on a daily basis. My 11 mile training run this past Saturday allowed me to look at things from a different perspective.
My training for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Half-Marathon in 2 weeks has gone pretty well and has been extremely efficient. I felt great Saturday morning warming up before starting the run, but my body all of a sudden shut down about 2 miles in.
For anyone that’s experienced this, you go through a moment of disbelief and it decreases your motivation to do anything. This situation is what I consider a “small battle”. And when facing small battles, sometimes you need to rely on your faith, belief in yourself and your overall mindset to get you over the hump, to get something done and simply “win”…even on days or moments you don’t feel like it.
Long story short, I “flipped the switch” in my mind, which powered me through all 11 miles without stopping (And yes, it absolutely sucked).
So why am I telling you this? Because today and every day, we each have to focus on the “small battles” in order to ultimately win the war.
- Maybe it’s the battle of waking up in the morning when your alarm goes off or hitting snooze
- The decision you make when you open the refrigerator
- The attitude you choose to have at work on a consistent basis
- How you react/respond to adversity and situations that don’t go your way
The point is:
Focus on one thing a time, believe in what you’ve done and continue to do, take control of YOUR actions and find a way to win the battle. Do this consistently and you’ll win the war.
1% Better Everyday. Find A Way.