Monday Meditation: Attitude

26 Aug

We’ve all heard it before – “Attitude is everything.” I beg to differ, but only slightly. I’m really not a fan of absolutes, so I will modify that to say that attitude is a major influence on how we experience all things in life. The perspective we choose to take affects the way we feel, which in turn guides our behavior. It’s Psychology 101.

“Our attitudes control our lives. Attitudes are a secret power working twenty-four hours a day, for good or bad. It is of paramount importance that we know how to harness and control this great force.”

– Tom Blandi, French author

Have you ever noticed that your frame of mind before a run has a big impact on how the run goes? If attitude influences all aspects of our lives, then running is most certainly not exempt from its forces. The beliefs you hold about running, yourself as a runner, racing, and other runners will reveal themselves loud and clear in various ways. You will see it in your self-image, in your enjoyment of the run, in your performance, and in your relationships (or reputation) with other runners.

(Pay no attention to that guy resting on the sculpture there. Source)

A realistic and positive attitude both motivates and enables you to set and reach running goals. Keep in mind the way you to talk to yourself about yourself. No, that’s not a typo. The nature of our self-talk is key in determining attitude. Beliefs about your ability and potential can be that edge you are trying to obtain to get that PR, go the distance, sign up for a race, or improve your pace.

Don’t forget about your attitude toward running itself. Those that constantly gripe about how much they *hate* running are not likely to ever have a chance of enjoying it let alone achieve positive results. You don’t have to be in love with running to be successful, but you will need to be open to the full experience. Also, consider your reasons for entering races. Are you looking solely to beat others or are you striving for individual accomplishments? Where you fall on that spectrum matters.

Lastly, look at how you perceive and interact with other runners. Just as negative judgments hurt your own performance, turning that attitude toward others will surely keep you on the margins of runnerhood. The running community is largely one of the most welcoming I have encountered and it is this collectively positive attitude that sets it apart from others. We tend to stick together and lift each other up rather than bringing them down.

Take some time to evaluate your attitude. If you find that you’re holding onto negativity, have no fear. It’s not permanent.

Question for you: How has attitude impacted your running?

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One Response to “Monday Meditation: Attitude”

  1. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast August 27, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    Absolutely! My attitude can make or break my run… and my entire day. I love that quote about it being something we need to learn how to harness and control.

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