Trepidatiously, I had added the 5 miles to the calendar. Though I had run 4 miles the week before, I wasn’t certain I could nail the mileage with the same splits. On the morning of, doubt crept in. Within the first mile, I considered backing the distance down. I had committed. It was gonna be 5.
The sun glared across a street sign making it impossible to read. After running another mile and looking at the time, I thought I had made a mistake and had cut the run short. So, I decided I would run to the next intersection to add the distance back to get where I was “supposed” to be. As the distance increased, I sensed my eyes looking up. I realized I hadn’t made a mistake after all. I knew without a doubt the 5 mile run became a 7 mile loop—7.06 to be exact—and each mile split was 6 seconds faster than expected.
Building is a quintessential activity for both endurance and belief. Therefore, it’s necessary to know the ways we stop gap the process, where we simply put one foot in front of the other. How do you limit possibilities? How do you tap out because of a fear of failure before facing the breaking point? Instead, how will you build your base of belief?
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
― A Return to Love