One of the Weekend Challenge tasks for BLC was, "Visit another participating team with a 'positive or motivational' word. Be creative." The first words that came into my mind were positive and motivational, but they weren't particularly creative. They are important words-Faith, Believe, Do, Work, Strength, Love--but ones that we hear all the time.
While I was running yesterday, another word came to mind: One. Now, that doesn't appear particularly positive or motivational at first glance. In fact, you may be saying, "Huh?" about now. But hear me out a little.
One often seems insignificant. We think of all the steps that we need to take to get healthy and become overwhelmed and even paralyzed. But we can start with ONE step. Pick ONE healthy behavior to focus on. Once you have that one down, add one more. Soon, you'll be well along the journey to better health.
If you have a lot of weight to lose like I did, it can seem impossible. Even now there are times that the amount of weight that I have left to lose (re-lose) seems impossible. We look at that giant number and feel defeated. Then we look at a one pound loss and feel like it doesn't matter. Once again, one seems insignificant. But it isn't! 1+1+1+1... We can lose all the weight ONE pound (or even a fraction of a pound at a time).
Sometimes the insignificance of ONE works to our advantage. If we try to look at the entire journey and try to make out some faint goal line in the distance, we risk becoming overwhelmed again. It seems like such a long way to go. Will we ever be done? (Spoiler: Nope!) I know that when I'm having a bad day, I feel like I just can't do this forever! But I can do ONE day or ONE hour or ONE meal or sometimes it's down to ONE moment. Keeping the focus short-term sometimes is necessary.
Yesterday before I started my run, I was worried about the weather (cold and very windy), and I said, "I don't even know how I'm going to do this long run today." My husband said (very matter-of-factly because that's how he is), "One mile at a time." I did not have a good run. I can't count the number of times that I thought about quitting. At one point, I silently screamed, "How much further do I have to go?!?!" And the answer that popped into my mind was, "One more mile..." In actuality, I had much further to go, but at that moment, I had ONE more mile to go. I could do one more mile. Then the next time I was ready to quit, I had to go just one more mile. Finally, it was true...I had only one mile left to complete the long run. When you feel like giving up, see if you can do just one more mile, one more step, one more moment. I'll bet that you can and then one more and one more until before you know it, you are on your way again.
Don't dismiss ONE as nothing. It may not seem like much, but it is something and it can lead to everything. Find your ONE today!