During my last training session, my trainer repeatedly said “push yourself” and “put a pep in your step.” Those words stayed with me throughout the night and on to the next day.

When I arrived at work the next day, I decided to park at the end of the parking lot and walk with “pep in my step.” As I entered the building, I noticed a crowd of people waiting for the next elevator (two were down). I found a spot and began to wait also. As I waited, I again heard “push yourself.” Without hesitation, I decided to take the steps up to the seventh floor while carrying my heavy purse and tote bag (weighted). I rested for a few seconds between the fourth and fifth floors, but I pushed myself to keep going. When I arrived on the seventh floor, some of the people that were waiting for the elevator on the first floor were just getting off. They were amazed that I arrived the same time as they did. I felt great because I was able to increase my heart rate and jumpstart my metabolism to start my day.

I felt so good taking the steps earlier; I walked up the steps again during lunchtime instead of waiting for the elevator. One co-worked asked me why I was taking the steps and I boldly replied, “because I can.” I can do anything that I put my mind to do. Yes, walking up 7 flights of steps is a lot for most people but I looked at it like I was just going to take one step at a time. I’m changing the way I view things so I do not want my thoughts to block or stop me from pushing myself to do just a little more.

Encouraging thought: Never quit. If you stumble, get back up. What happened yesterday no longer matters. Just because you don’t see results after a day or even a week, don’t give up. You may not see changes, but every smart choice you make is affecting you in ways you’d never imagine. Today’s another day so get back on track and move closer to your dreams and goals. You can do it.

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