“You must do the thing you think you cannot do” – Eleanor Roosevelt

When I was in high school, I told myself that I wasn’t a runner. ‘I have bad knees.’  This is a belief I held onto, and I believed it all the way into adulthood. I’ve always been a pretty active person, particularly when it comes to outdoor activities, but running had been completely off the table.

An interesting thing happened lately, though. I went for a run in the park across the street from my new home. It was only about 2.5 miles, but the pace was respectable (8’14” if I recall). I did it again a week later, and then again a few days after that.

Brandon's RunLast night, I went for my 4th ‘real’ run, and lo and behold, I blew past my previous distances and had a faster pace as well. I ended up doing 3.5 miles at an average pace of 7’51”.  Not bad.

For many years, I have participated in the annual Hunger Walk/Run benefiting the Atlanta Community Food Bank, but I have never done the Run portion of the event. I decided a few weeks ago that I was going to run this year. It’s just a 5K, so no big pressure or anything. Still, this was something I had simply not considered in years past.

I also increased my personal fundraising goal to $1500 – 50% over last year’s goal.

That’s a serious commitment, but one that I’m compelled to fulfill.

The work of the Atlanta Community Food Bank is critical to helping provide assistance to those in need in the North Georgia area. The ACFB distributed 34% more food and grocery products to partner agencies last year than in the previous year. That’s a huge increase in distribution and it underscores the ever-increasing need for these services out in the community.

I’m asking for your help to meet my goal today which will help the ACFB’s ongoing efforts to provide relief from hunger and poverty in our community.

Any and all support is greatly appreciated. 

Please click here to make a donation and sponsor my first ever 5K run.

We tell ourselves stories all the time; stories about our bodies, our abilities (physical, mental, occupational, etc.), about what the world is like, and stories about what is possible. Sometimes we need to stop and consider where these stories came from and if they still apply.

When we believe we can’t do something, we are right. As long as we hold a belief, it’s virtually guaranteed that our world will manifest based around that belief. But what happens when we challenge these beliefs?  Is it possible to change our experience of the world quickly?

You bet.

And last night, I proved it.

This coming Sunday, I’ll line up with thousands of other people who are coming out to participate in the Hunger Walk/Run here in Atlanta, and for the first time in my 37 years on this planet, I’ll run an acutal 5K race.

‘I’m not a runner’ is no longer a belief I hold.

Instead, I believe that I rise to the challenges that are put before me.

If you would like to support my effort to meet my fundraising challenge, please click here to make a donation.

What about you? Are there stories you tell yourself and beliefs you hold that are limiting your potential? Consider how your world might change if you alter these beliefs.

Speaking of stories and what is possible, check out this amazingly inspiring TED talk by Peter Diamandis from last month’s TED conference – it’s called Abundance is our future. It’s one of the best I’ve watched yet.

What beliefs can you challenge today to push yourself further than you think is possible right now?