Mantra– n: 1. a mystical formula of invocation or incantation. 2. crazy voices that say the darndest things in your head to keep you from quitting
One day I did a quick #CoachPoll on Twitter and asked if anyone had a mantra, if so, what was it? Here are the ones I received in reply:
@johnepcondon : “When I’m at my weakest, I must be at my strongest”
@Woodstock_Tris: “I don’t have to swim 1.2, bike 56, or run 13.1, this is the only thing I have to do today”
@junk1600s: “Find a way”
@Eddie12Tri: “Keep on keepin on”
@deeFSU: “Fast hands, slooooow slide” (Get your mind out of the gutter, this is for rowing)
@runningohma: “I am free to run like the wind”
@Hunter_Loyd: “All it takes is all you got”
@laurawherry: “There will come a day when I can no longer do this, today is not that day”
@JeannieMGilbert: “Finish Strong”
@PelsRenovation: “inspire someone today”
@RunningJoeInJax: “You need this”
Mantras are uniquely ours or we may hear it and make it ours. I never had a mantra, or so I thought, until I was interviewed by http://WhoHasTheRuns.blogspot.com and in the interview I said something that he pulled out and used as the title. At that moment I knew what it was, and that it had been for the better part of my life.
“Tell me what I can’t do, I’ll show you what I can”
She may only survive a few hours. That was 1970.
You will have to have extensive chemotherapy and radiation. It was all contained in surgery, no further treatment needed.
Your chances of living 5-10 years, slim. That was 1997.
You’ll never meet a man who will love you with all your medical issues and scars. Married were we, in 2003.
Chances of conceiving a child and carrying to term, slim. He starts Kindergarten this year.
You gained 100lbs, you’ll never get your pre-baby body back. True, didn’t get it back, it’s better.
You’ll never run a Half Marathon. 2:43:28 and 2:08:54
You’ll never finish a Full Marathon. 4:36:36
Don’t try so hard to make a difference. No one will ever notice you. They did:
I may not be able to do these exactly, but I will certainly show what I can do.