I was closing in on him just past the twelve-mile mark of the Cannonball Run Half Marathon. It sounded as if he was murmuring something. Passing by his left shoulder I heard it.
“You’ve got this. You’ve got this…”
His mantra stuck with me. I found myself thinking, Yes, I’ve got this… I’ve got this as I climbed the last hill and headed towards the finish line.
Everyone has it. It’s been around since the beginning of time—that little voice.
This man had other options. Certainly he had a voice focused on pain, “your legs are heavy and your lungs are burning.” He most likely had a voice reminding him that he could be at home on his warm couch instead of running in the rain. Chances are he had another voice mocking him about all of the runners who were faster and in better shape than he was.
He made a choice. He selected the voice that served him best. He turned up the volume on the voice that encouraged him to carry on. He was so committed to that voice, he spoke it out loud. Powerful.
Today the voices in your head will compete for your attention. They’ll fight for their very existence. Which one will you choose to listen to? Validate? Even speak out loud?
Will you pick the voice that reminds you of your unlimited potential—your abundant talent—how far you’ve come?
Or the one that doesn’t think you’re enough?
Choose as if your life depends on it…because it does.
Something to consider: Which voice will you turn the volume up on today?