“Focus on how far you’ve come, not how far you have to go.”

I follow a user on Instagram called “factsofhealth.”  This site posts nutrition facts, before and after images of people who made major lifestyle changes to improve their health, nutritional information and motivational quotes.   This evening’s quote touched me on a personal level. It said, “focus on how far you’ve come, not how far you have to go.”   I had a sudden “aha” moment when I saw this.

See, I am training for a half marathon, for the second time.  The first time I fell and injured my leg, and I was in rehab for months. Unable to run; unable to maintain the level of physical activity I was used to doing.  Here I am a year later refueling my prior goal and training again.

I was always a little bummed about my injury and not being able to accomplish what I set out to do a year ago.  But see what I realized when I read this quote is that I have come a long way and nothing can stop me from reaching my goals.  By focusing on how far I have come, I realized it doesn’t matter how far I have to go because I will run a half marathon.

This is what I think it means to be a Girl on the Run.  It is showing young girls that they can do anything they put their minds too, no matter what the setback.  It is praising all accomplishments, no matter how big or how small.  It is instilling self-confidence in girls and teaching them to be proud of who they are and all of their unique attributes that make them beautiful. Most of all, it is being proud of how far you have come and realizing that the future is bright.

See, you don’t have to win the race or be the best.  You just have to set put your best foot forward and be proud of what you have accomplished.