She was in the middle of a divorce. Her career was at a stand-still. Ten years earlier, a car accident nearly took her life and her body remained compromised. Yet, she ran.
It all began when a friend came over, noticed her spirits were down, and suggested that they go for a jog. “I didn’t know what I was doing. I didn’t have the right clothing or jogging shoes. But I went along, because I didn’t know any better,” she remembers. “All I knew was that my life was crumbling and my method of coping wasn’t working. I needed something else.”
That first evening, Carol Henry jogged two miles. “Two miles! Are you kidding me! We jogged two miles? How did that happen?” At the end of the night, after she commented profusely about how amazed she was to jog such a long distance, her friend suggested that they train for a 5K. “A 5K, what’s that?” Carol remembers asking.
During this tumultuous time in her life, her friend would come by every evening and they would jog. Carol looked forward to the daily runs. Day by day, week by week, they increased their distance...by 10%. Slowly but surely...With persistence. With passion. With perseverance.
The two friends raced in a 5K, then a 10K, and eventually ran a marathon. Carol even ran her second marathon the following year. The process became so rewarding that she decided, If I can do this, then maybe I can become a counselor and help others through their difficulties. With the same tenacity, she began taking classes to get her Masters in Psychology. One class at a time. Slowly but surely...With persistence. With passion. With perseverance.
What began as a distraction from the burdens of life led her to where she is now. As a licensed professional counselor and licensed marriage and family therapist, Carol now has a thriving counseling practice. She persevered through her darkest days and, through the power of 10%, not only improved her own life but the lives of hundreds of individuals.
It is natural to want to quit when things are difficult. Fear of failure, disappointment with reality, or anger over what we wish would happen can keep us paralyzed from taking action. Sir Isaac Newton’s first law of motion is, in very simple terms, a body in motion tends to remain in motion and a body at rest tends to remain at rest. When we are “at rest” we do not feel like pushing forward. So, many times, we don’t. What we often forget is that motivation does not always come first. Many times, it is action that must take place first.
Once we begin to move forward, we gain traction, and then feel encouraged, and then become motivated to proceed. Eventually, we look back and realize how far we’ve come. Staying in motion and persevering through difficulties, even though we don’t feel like it at first, is the key to tackling life’s challenges. Push forward, persevere, and you’ll see how that first 10% step of action can lead you to accomplish your wildest dreams.