There’s a scene in the Star Wars movie The Last Jedi where the lead character Rey is struggling with a task. Her master General Leia kindly reminds her that “Nothing is impossible.” Rey nods in agreement, but then it gets interesting. Rey isn’t magically inspired by the words to now complete her goal. She isn’t elevated to some higher plane of awareness by Leia’s pep talk.
No. Not even close. What does Rey do? She starts training.
Rey’s master reminded her that although nothing is impossible, that doesn’t mean believing is all you have to do. You have to work. You have to make a plan. Yes, you have to believe and have faith. But you also need a plan to slowly start moving towards your reality.
In the world of running, this principle holds just as much weight. Imagine you have a seemingly impossible goal, like qualifying for the Boston Marathon or running your first 5K. You might think it's beyond your reach, but as General Leia reminds us, nothing is impossible.
So, you start with belief. You believe you can achieve your running goal. You have faith in your abilities, even if they are yet to be fully developed. But belief alone won't carry you through the finish line.
You need a plan. Just like Rey, who began her training, you must outline the steps that will take you from where you are now to where you want to be. It might involve setting a training schedule, seeking advice from experienced runners, or working with a coach. Your plan is your roadmap to success.
And then comes the crucial part: execution. Rey didn't become a skilled Jedi just by believing and making a plan. She had to put in the work, train relentlessly, and face challenges head-on. Similarly, in running, you must lace up your shoes, hit the road or trail, and put in the miles. It won't always be easy, but as long as you keep moving forward, you're on the right path.
Belief, planning, and action form the triad of success. Rey couldn't have become a Jedi without them, and you can't achieve your running goals without the same combination. So, remember General Leia's wisdom when you face a daunting running goal. Nothing is impossible, but you must believe, plan, and work for it.
May the force of determination be with you on your running journey, and may you conquer your goals, one stride at a time.