To love what you do makes it a little easier to wake up in the morning.  But a problem that most of us face is the lack of love for what we do, or rather, finding something to love about what we do.

Have you ever been so excited for a trip that you couldn’t sleep? Or felt exhilarated because you were going to see a loved one you hadn’t seen in a long time?  Your heart is full of love, a certain yearning for what is going to happen next.  And typically, you never think about the sleep you didn’t get, because you were too busy having fun and living.

The people who are able to get up, day in and day out, with a sense of ease and eagerness to start the day are people who have passion for what they are doing.  The love in their hearts for what they do and their anticipation of what is next to come allow for an easy transition out of bed and for the late return to it.

It’s time to really stop and think:  Where does your passion lie?

For us here at Run The Walk, the passion lies in our ability to connect with others.  We wake up early and strive to reach more people every day, trying to pass on the knowledge we have been given and learned throughout our lives.  We find that the more we encourage others to do more, the more we are able to do.  It is becoming an addiction to get more out of life.

Take any person who plays a college sport.  That athlete will tell you that the amount of work required to hone skills is endless.  If you ask whether or not the work is demanding, the answer will probably be yes, but for the athlete who loves a sport, hard work and challenges are never looked at as negatives.  The early practices before the rise of the sun are done not just because the coach requires them, but also — and primarily — because the athlete loves the sport.

Those who find themselves loving the sport have a tendency to work harder and smarter.  Late night shooting sessions with no sound but the bounce of the ball don’t happen unless there is a passion driving the person.  The athletes who arrive before practice to work on weaknesses are there because they are passionate, either about the game itself or about being the best they can be.  Passion is the driving force, it allows for the “extra” to happen more effortlessly.

If you can’t think of anything to be passionate about, try rewording the question.  We all love doing something.  What could you see yourself doing if you did not need money?

In the next topic we will talk about purpose.  What we do gets done better when there is meaning behind it, and chances are when activities and outcomes are better, the money is sure to follow.

Until next time,

Keep Running!


What is Run The Walk?

Which person are you?

If you want to live a dream you have to go after it!  Everyone wants the prize and the glory, but too many fall short of what it takes to accomplish that!  Those that talk about what they are going to do next have a vision, and some of those visions are the best ideas.  Then there are those out there who not only talk about it, but they are all about it.  Those are the walkers.  They have been known throughout time to get it done!

There has been a shift in the way society does things now.  Now, with the way technology is, our society has access to any country with simple Internet connection; answers to questions about anything with a quick Google search; anyone can create a buzz with all the social media out there.

In order to accomplish today what the walker accomplished yesterday we have to run!  To walk now is to wake up daily, get ready for the job you only do because it pays the bills, and go to work, anticipating 5pm to get there so you can get home and do what you really want to do.

Those that Run The Walk do things a little different.  This person wakes up daily, studies for the knowledge they need to get the job they want, then gets ready for the job they only do because it pays the bills, goes to work, while at work anticipates lunch so they can work on what they want to do as a career, then anticipates 5pm so they can get home to work on whatever is needed to help them achieve their dream.  The Runner understands that where they are at now is only temporary and their dream, with hard work, is right around the corner.

You have to get “out of the box” in order to Run The Walk.  To live in the box means you are only doing what is asked.  Lets say there are two players with the same kind of talent.  The first player is the “in the box” thinker, and is going to do what the coach asks.   The second player is the “out of the box” thinker, and is going to do what the coach asks, and on top of that do things on their own to enhance what it is the coach wants from them.

For example: the first player goes to every practice and does everything the coach asks him to do.  He is always at every function outside of practice that the team is suppose to be at, and he even on occasion stays after practice to get extra shots up.  This player is doing what he is asked to do.  He is in the box.

The Second player goes to every practice and does everything that the coach asks her to do.  She is always at every function outside of practice that the team is suppose to be at, but she also finds time to come to practice early for extra conditioning and stays after practice everyday to work on her weaknesses.  She makes it a point to finish first in every drill and makes it an effort to encourage her teammates during the practice.  This player understands that although coach asked her to do certain things, there is need for extra work in order to be successful.  She is out of the box.

Run The Walk is a simple concept, but the process of Running the walk is not simple.  Day in and day out to run the walk means you have to get the most out of life.  Maybe it means waking up earlier for practices, or staying up later after a game to make sure you get all your homework done.  It may mean helping others out even though you are strapped for time, or bringing light on a situation that seems to be dark as night.

So I ask again, which person are you?  Do you have what it takes?  Can you stop talking and walking, and start Running?

It’s better to run your life, than to walk to someone else’s beat.

Run The Walk