Focus, determination, drive, attitude.

Work, family, weather, illness, life, death.

The good things that help us focus and push on. The reality that gets in our head and makes us want to give up, give in and go back to bed.

What makes me, among other athletes, continue to get up and get moving day after day? What does it take to stay focused when things get rough, or when you simply get tired? What makes one athlete push harder and become more committed while making the next one throw in the towel?

I believe it all comes within you. What works for one will not work for the next. I know that the death of my sister in high school gave me a focus like no other that has stayed with me through the years. The other day I was doing a workout on the alter-G treadmill when I received news of a good friend passing. I considered jumping off of the treadmill and being done for the day. Instead, I pushed harder and had one heck of a workout. Bad things remind me that I am lucky to be here. I am lucky to be able to do what I do, which means I should do my best.

I often find myself repeating the quote, “To give anything less than the best is to sacrifice the gift.” During a bad workout I remind myself that I was given the gift of running. I believe that if I’m not going to give my all, I’m wasting what I was given. I also know there are many people out there that would give anything to walk, let alone run. I use this as my drive, but everyone needs to find out what works for them.

Find a quote, a line from a song, an inspirational person. Find something that drives you to be a better you. A focus will always help you get through a workout or race. And then find calm. Clear your head of any banter and negative thoughts. Find a peace among yourself and what you are trying to accomplish. And make sure your surround yourself with positive people. Nothing hurts a drive and desire more than someone distracting you from your goals.

Focus, motivation, calm. Set a goal. Become your best.

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