Discipline – Drive – Determination
Out of these three attributes needed to fulfill a dream or accomplish a goal, I believe determination is the most important. Without determination or a strong sense of purpose, negativity can creep in and cause us to give up or get off track, which is too often the case with me. I allow self-doubt and fear to get in the way of doing things I wish to do far too many times. It’s time to change that pattern so this year I’m embracing an attitude of determination in hopes to conquer a few of my fears and self-doubt.
I’m DETERMINED to Run a 5K
I know it’s only three miles but for years now when talking fitness with friends, I emphatically state that I am not a runner and can’t even run a mile. The most common response to this statement is “of course you can it’s easy, anyone can run a mile”. After hearing that said over and over I figured it must be true and decided I needed to stop saying I can’t and start trying. I began my Couch to 5K training program using the fantastic Jog Log app and am now running two miles. As of now, I plan to run my 5K in June and am looking forward to it.
I’m DETERMINED to take a photograph worthy of recognition.
Almost everyday I am practicing ways to improve my photography by reading, watching tutorials and taking a ton of pictures. I don’t have professional camera gear however, I’m passionate about photography and have a very strong desire to be good at it. So this year I’m determined to live behind my lens and seek constructive feedback to help improve my skills.
I’m DETERMINED to do one thing that truly scares me.
I’m very afraid of heights… REALLY AFRAID! I think this is a rather common fear but I’m no longer willing to let it hold me back from doing things that sound fun. I want to zip line and hike along a very narrow ledge in Zion National Park to see the breathtaking views. I’d like to say yes to my son when he asks me to photograph him rock climbing but that would mean actually having to climb myself. Although I may not embark on rock climbing this year and know I will not be jumping out of an airplane, I’m determined to work on conquering my fear of heights by zip lining in the Redwoods. They claim it’s the ride of a life time with heights up to 150 ft. I hope I can actually do it!
If you’ve ever been zip lining, ran in 5K or dabble in photography, I’d appreciate any tips or words of advice you can offer.
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