What Are You Running From?

The list can be quite lengthy. People run from things like:

  • Discouragement
  • Resentment
  • Fear
  • Not being good enough
  • Harsh words from a parent, friend, or relative
  • Who the world thinks you should be
  • Who you really want to be
  • Rejection
  • Embarrassment
  • Addiction
  • Shame
  • Regret
  • Failure
  • Success
  • Finances
  • Relationships
  • God
  • The past
  • The future
  • The present
  • Dreams
  • Goals
  • Change
  • The unknown
  • Wrong decisions
  • Circumstances

So we run, we avoid, we cower and we crumble under the weight of it all. But what if life isn’t about avoiding pain? What if the purpose of this life is about facing our fears and overcoming obstacles to become the person that we are meant to be?

If I have learned one thing in my life, it is this; you can’t escape your problems by running from them. You can only get away from them by facing them head on. By staring them down and challenging them. When you learn to run toward the things you fear, you begin to see them for what they are. Cowards.

They seep into our idle minds like a plague filled haze. They attack us out our weakest moments. They prey on every vulnerable area of our conscience. When these toxic invaders see us run or watch us cower, they pursue us even harder.

These thoughts and fears are bullies and the longer we allow them to push us around, the more they will do it. A weak mind often leads to a battered soul.

Strengthen your mind and you will strengthen your resolve…

Do something that scares you everyday…

Stop competing with others and learn to compete only with yourself…

Remind yourself daily that others are not your enemy…

Forgive and move on…

Unplug and distance yourself from negative people and influences…

Find a healthy outlet…

Get comfortable with being uncomfortable…

By living out these actions, we become self-reliant. We start to depend on and look to ourselves for contentment, happiness, and fulfillment. We no longer need the approval of others or feel the need to continue living in the past. We become free to live life, chase dreams, do epic things, love openly, and find our purpose. Stop running and start living!

Written by Justin Skains

Image Credit: Google User Content

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Justin Skains

Hard-working husband, father, coach, and amateur ultra-marathoner who prides himself on results day-in and day-out...and oh yes, I love to write!

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