Many times throughout my journey to become a therapist I have been reminded by friends and family to treat it as I did my marathon training. They would repeat, "Keep putting one foot in front of the other," or "Who cares who is in front of you or who is behind, you are doing this for yourself, keep going," or "I see the top of the hill, you will make it. This too shall pass." After having completed four marathons since 2010, I can testify that no matter how prepared I was for each marathon, I always faced moments of fatigue, self-doubt, disappointment, renewed motivation, encouragement, pain, the desire to quit, but most importantly...the unspeakable joy of accomplishment.
These emotional moments can be found in our day-to-day living, no matter how prepared we are to face them. Maybe you need to find your own personal "marathon" to help give you the tools for success, or just the will to "keep putting one foot in front of the other." What would it look like in your life if running a marathon was required?