Motivation Monday: it’s not a sprint

By Loralyn Mears PhD Loralyn Mears PhD has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team
Published on May 20, 2019

This is the Monday Motivation you need if you’re one of those people who slog through your mornings.

If you lament the end of the weekend and dread returning to the office, you may need our Motivation Monday quick tips. Grit Daily offers an avenue to connect with others like you. We’re here to help get your work week off to a good start. Pump your fists – it’s time for Motivation Monday!

It’s not always easy to keep going

Life throws us curve balls when we least expect it. One moment, we are on top of the world, all axes of our lives seem fabulous. The job is great, money’s not tight, personal relationships are stellar, a vacay is upcoming and life is fabulous. Then one axis, or several, collapse. What then? How do we find the motivation on Monday, Tuesday, and so on to keep going?

Tips to keep going even when the chips are down

This week’s collection of tips for Motivation Monday is a bit of a hodge-podge of everything that we’ve talked about thus far.

#1 – visualize it

We’ve talked about this before. Picture yourself accomplishing the goal. Think about what it will feel like to cross that finish line, kick back and revel in what you have just achieved after working at it for so long!

#2 – believe in yourself

It may be the hardest thing that you’ve ever tried to do. Great! Don’t stop believing in yourself even for a moment. Dig deep. Find that inner-confidence that says, “I can do this.” Within your imagination lies the art of the possible. You can make it happen.

#3 – practice, practice, practice

Given the quote, “life is not a sprint, it’s a marathon,” truer words have never been spoken. You need to be prepared that there may be a considerable amount of time between setting a goal and achieving it. Practice during that interim is required. Specifically, a lot of practice may be necessary. The upside is that you can rejoice and relive, over and over again if you like, the joy that you feel when you achieve your goal. Celebrating your achievement is critical as it serves more than a Motivation Monday mantra – it will set you up ready to conquer an even bigger challenge.

Who’s your Motivation Monday hero?

The internet is like that. You can skyrocket from zero to hero in a viral moment. This was the case for Laura Mazur and Jessica Robertson who became the celebrated winners of the Pittsburgh Marathon on May 5, 2019. Mazur was running her 12th marathon and Robertson her first. Neither had met prior to Mile 14 in the middle of the race.

Photo by Daniel Heckert / via Facebook

No, they didn’t come in first and second in a thrilling 1-2 finish. Nor did they break a marathon record for the fastest run. Au contraire. The pair actually finished last, over 7 hours after starting the marathon. But the critical fact here is that they finished together and the moment was beautifully captured by Daniel Heckert, a member of the cheer squad.

As is the case for all Motivation Monday stories, these two ladies had a goal. They were highly challenged to achieve their goal but they found each other. Then they inspired and cheered each other on and promised to cross the line together no matter what. We are all just like Laura Mazur and Jessica Robertson. We have goals and dreams but sometimes life gets in the way. But, just as a new obstacle can be thrown in our path, so can a new opportunity. A new friendship. A lifeline.

Cheers to inspiring someone else and achieving your own goal along the way!

By Loralyn Mears PhD Loralyn Mears PhD has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team

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Dr. Loralyn Mears is a Columnist at Grit Daily and a podcast host (The Grit Files, which aims to shine the spotlight on female founders). She is a content marketer, founder of the WORKtech startup, STEERus, specializing in personal and professional development to address gaps in soft skills - communication in particular. In her consultancy practice, she helps clients with content and strategy. Loralyn spent over a decade playing with mosquito DNA, got her PhD, decided she would rather market science than be at the bench and has never looked back. Along the way, she’s wined and dined her way around the globe. She's authored two books, including the 2018 Gold Medal Indie Book award-winning, One Sip At a Time: a Memoir and the hard science thriller, "The Battle for Humanity: How Science Saved Us." 

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