Anyone that already knows me will also already know that I “buy in” to quotes and sayings. Prior to commencing on Chapter 1 I wrote down several of my favourite quotes and stuck them on my fridge. The aim was to draw inspiration on the occassions when I felt that the task I had set myself was a bigee and that I may not suceed (invariably I didn’t succeed though, but that is covered in the page entitled “Chapter 1…… if ya fancy a long read!). And believe me, I did have those occassions – there was more than the one solitary morning that I woke up and thought to myself ” S**t…..what on earth was I thinking”. This nicely opens up the door for me to share the first of the quotes that I drew upon – “Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.” – George.E.Woodbury
I spent a relatively long amount of time scouring the internet looking for quotes. Now I know I am not alone in my belief about quotes and the resulting ether mountain of relevant quotes I found confirmed this to me. I searched for Inspirational running quotes, quotes about success, quotes about failure, quotes about determination, quotes about perserverance, quotes about motivation, quotes about endurance, etc, etc. I looked for any quote that would inspire, motivate, and keep me keeping on. So as cliched and way over done as it is – It has not made me refrain from compiling some of the quotes that I felt were relevent to me at the time, as well as still being a source of inspiration for me now:
“The ability to run the extra mile is found between your ears” – This is my favourite, and ironically I can’t find who phrased it first.
“The miracle isn’t that I finished. It’s that I had the courage to start” – John Bingham
“Everything you need is already inside.” – Bill Bowerman
“How to run an ultramarathon ? Puff out your chest, put one foot in front of the other, and don’t stop till you cross the finish line.” – Dean Karnazes
“I’d rather attempt to do something great and fail than attempt to do nothing and succeed” – Robert Schuller
“The task ahead of you is never greater than the strength within you.” – Unknown.
“It’s very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.” – Dr George Sheehan.
“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“Even when you have gone as far as you can, and everything hurts, and you are staring at the specter of self-doubt, you can find a bit more strength deep inside you, if you look closely enough.” – Hal Higdon
“Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.” – William Barclay
“If you’re going through hell keep going.” – Winston Churchill
“Don’t follow your dreams. Lead them!” – Unknown
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert.F. Kennedy
“If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are” T.S. Eliot
“Show me a champion and I will show you someone who knows the taste of defeat” – Unknown
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” – Mark Twain
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” –Amelia Earhart
“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” –Henry Ford
There are more, lots more, and I’m sure you may already have your own personal favourites. If you “buy in” that is 🙂