Today, I was out doing my usual run, which I do about twice a week for a distance of about 2-3 miles. Initially, I was thinking of putting this post in a “fitness” section of this site. But, the more I thought about it, the less it seemed like a fitness story and more of a motivational one. Toward the end of my run, I usually cool down by walking the last 2-3 blocks until I reach my house. I do this because it is important to cool down after running, but also, because by this time I am spent.

As luck would have it, I was running past a home, where like many other homes, barking dogs run up and down the fence, usually behind it. However, this time, the barking didn’t cease and when I looked back, a small dog was chasing me. Instead of stopping and walking at a normal pace, so that the dog wouldn’t chase me or bite me, I decided to try and outrun it.

It wasn’t so much that I outran the dog, as it was that the dog got tired of running. Once the coast was clear of the killer Chihuahua, I stopped to a halt and caught my breath. I had run about 2 blocks at full speed and I felt it.

The thing is, just before the dog started chasing me, I thought I couldn’t take anymore and was about to stop running and walk the rest of the way home.

How many times have you not wanted to do something, but were pushed into doing it? Accomplishing goals and being motivated aren’t always going to be done while you want to or are in a happy mood. Often times, getting pushed to do something when you don’t want to is the best motivation we can receive.

Besides forcing me to keep running, the dog that chased me, also made me dig deeper. Up until that point, I thought I was exhausted and couldn’t keep running, but I did. In life, we often don’t use all of our resources and fortitude. We humans are a lot more capable of accomplishing things than we give ourselves credit for.

Remember, when you think you can’t go any further, you can. When you’re tired and want to quit, know deep down that there is a reservoir there that can push you those last two blocks. Motivation to accomplish something can take many shapes, even that of a barking Chihuahua.

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