I saw this quote recently, and for some reason it turned out to be my motivation for the day. In fact, I told my son this today when he was nervous about his presentation at school. It seems so simple – just be awesome.
When I first saw this quote, I thought of the Nike slogan – “Just Do It.” That slogan was very successful, and served as motivation for countless people. However, I think it could use some improvement. Just doing it is a start. Getting out the door is a start. Getting moving is a start. That first mile, 5k, 10k, or half marathon is a start. However, I have found that once you “do it,” you want to do it better. That’s where “Just Be Awesome” comes in.
To me, “Just Be Awesome” doesn’t mean I have to be the best or the fastest. If it did, I might as well find another hobby. I am never going to be mistaken for a top flight, or even a very good runner. It means doing it right. It means having fun while doing it. It means not taking shortcuts. It means enjoying it. “Awesome” has many meanings: magnificent, fun, surprising, inspiring, beautiful, wonderful. . .(Really, it does. I looked in the Thesaurus).
So, my goal is to make that next run Awesome, no matter when it is or where it is. It may not be a PR, but it will be awesome. If I can meet this goal, I cannot imagine how great I might feel. Luckily, this year looks to have a lot of potential for Awesome in it: WDW Marathon, Run The Bluegrass, Derby Festival Mini Marathon, Bay To Breakers, Dumbo Double Dare – and whatever other cool runs we can find. And from the way our boys are talking about wanting to run a bit themselves, they are in for some Awesome as well. Can’t wait. . .