One Battle At A Time – Impulse Training

One Battle At A Time

Tim Carter | October 10, 2018

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.

Tim Carter

Tim Carter is a former collegiate football player at Walsh University and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing in 2015. He was a 4-year letter winner, named 3 time Academic-All American and 2-Time GLIAC All-Conference team. After graduating from Walsh, he began his professional career as an Admissions Counselor at Walsh University and Assistant Football Coach for the program. He recently earned his Master of Business Administration-Marketing Degree in December of 2017. As of July 2018, he has transitioned into the Assistant Director position within the Undergraduate Admissions Office at Walsh University.

In addition, Tim is a certified USAW Sports Performance coach and is currently working towards his CPT and CSCS. He is also heavily involved in working with youth athletes as Vice President of Beyond the Game, a non-profit organization centralized in Stark County. His personal mantra of “Find A Way” has helped him establish a resilient mindset, which he hopes to instill within others.


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