Running Toward Success and Running From Negativity

Earlier this year, I was invited to become a member of the Advisory Board for the Let Me Run organization. During the introductory meeting, all of the attendees were asked to go around and introduce themselves and answer the questions, “What are you running toward?” and, “What are you running away from?” I was sitting in the front of the room so I was the second person to go. Assuming you read the title, you already know what my answers were to the questions when I introduced myself. Take a peek to remind yourselves of it, if needed. Now, I will tell you why I gave the answers I did.

Running Toward Success

I answered, “What are you running toward?”, with “I am running toward success.” I choose to run toward success at all times. I continue running toward success, even when failures arrive because I see them as temporary. Failures are temporary because having enough knowledge, skills, and abilities we learn from failures and turn them into successes. There is at least one lesson to be learned from every failure. We have to be aware enough to recognize the lessons that our failures are attempting to teach us. If we do not recognize and learn the lessons; we are more than likely to continuously repeat that failure until we learn the lesson or quit and accept defeat, assuming that failure is permanent. I hope, we are all able to gain the wisdom needed to be able to learn from our failures and continue running toward success.

Running From Negativity

I answered, “What are you running away from?”, with “I am running away from negativity.” I choose to run away from negativity because success is achieved through a positive mental attitude. I run from negativity because it plants seeds of negative thoughts, that produce negative actions, that lead to negative results. In the same way, positivity plants seeds of positive thoughts, that produce positive actions, that lead to positive results. Think of our minds as gardens. We have to choose the purpose of our own gardens. Choosing the purpose of our gardens will help us decide the things we want to plant in our gardens. If we are not minding our gardens negativity will sprout
just like weeds and keep our garden from producing what we desired. I hope that we are all able to keep negativity out of our gardens.


When we are running toward success when failures knock us down we have to get up evaluate the failure learn the lesson the failure was teaching and continue running toward success. Running from negativity will allow us to focus on the things that we want in our gardens. If we are focused on our gardens we will recognize when the weeds of negativity sprout and get rid of them and far away from our minds garden.

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