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See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination.
- Ralph Marston (via moveyourbooty)
The legendary Wilma Rudolph. Did not get a head start on life but definitely made up for it in determination. Born prematurely, the 20th child in a family of 22 children. Contracted polio at age four and had to wear a brace on her left leg and foot until she was nine. Became the fastest woman in the world in the 1960s as an American Olympian. Nicknamed La Gazzella Negra (The Black Gazelle) by the Italians and La Perle Noire (The Black Pearl) by the French. Pioneer in civil rights and women’s rights.
via spikesandheels: Add to your list of mantras.
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
MOTIVATION: unknown territory.
They say you’ll never do something you’ve never done unless you go somewhere you’ve never been. One mile past the most miles you ever run. One workout class you’ve been too afraid to try. A cycling route you’ve always been intimidated by. One rep than you did the last set. Even the smallest step past your previously determined boundaries and you’ll find someone you’ve never met. A fresh side of yourself you’ve yet to see. When we stay safely behind our limits, the view never changes. And how do we know what we can be if we don’t test ourselves?
Sure it can be scary. There can be growing pains and hard times. But through the toughest of times we can find the best in ourselves. Find a sort of comfort in your fears when you embrace the idea that it’s okay to try something that’s unknown. It’s okay to stumble along the way. It’s okay to not be the best at something new. Let go of all that. And push yourself to try it anyway. Perhaps who we really are is waiting just over that line…
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Winning is not about headlines and hardware [medals]. It’s only about attitude. A winner is a person who goes out today and every day and attempts to be the best runner and best person he can be. Winning is about struggle and effort and optimism, and never, ever, ever giving up.
- Amby Burfoot, Editor-at-Large, Runner’s World (via moveyourbooty)