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Monday Motivation: The 4 Attributes You Need for Success

April 10, 2017

Inspiration and wisdom for women, female runners, small business and women entrepreneurs

The heart is beating faster, the goal is in sight, the hard training done and the financial goal is completed and you are ready to go! You have been envisioning this “finish” line for quite sometime both in your dreams and while awake. It has consumed, inspired and driven you to be and see yourself differently. The goal has morphed you into a new person with a different set of skills, insights and daily dedication. Now it is time to see what you really lies inside you!

This paragraph and feeling has happened to me a number of times in my life – when I started my first company, when failure almost halted my second company, the time I lost 30 pounds in two years and now as I prepare to run in my first marathon one week from today! In all instances we start with the recognition of wanting to try something large and unknown and deep down believe we can do it if we are persistent, bold and focused. After the verbal commitment, it takes unrelenting drive to tackle the unexpected situations and doubt that arise. In the middle of the goal, we know we cannot turn back.

Making a decision to move forward and not backward in any small or big decision rests on these staples:

* Commitment
* Belief
* Trust
* Fortitude

These are the four pillars of success I have used since September 2016 when I committed to help raise money for their new non-profit organization by running on a charity bib in the 2017 Boston Marathon. One week from this moment, I will be at the start line ready for my 26.2 mile journey through the old, hilly streets of Boston with 30,000 of my friends. Am I nervous – yes! Am I ready to achieve this goal that only 1% of people in the world can say they did – yes! Am I ready to run for women and girls until I can’t run anymore – yes!

If I can attempt this daring goal, I know you can achieve yours whether you are fighting for women’s equality, launching a new venture, rising up to injustice, growing your older company, or taking on a new healthy goal. You can cross your own finish line if you have commitment, belief, trust and fortitude.

Let me know what you are trying to accomplish in 2017 and I’ll carry it with me next Monday from Hopkinton to Boston past Wellesley and Boston Colleges, with 30,000 people in one of the greatest races in the world. I hope you give me something to think about for you while I run so we can cross the finish line together.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me in any small or big ways. I appreciate it more than you know. If you are interested in helping me one last time, I have a fundraising goal today to get more $50 donations to help! If you’d like to help, click on this link: It is a tax write-off for you and helps a wonderful cause!

If you want to cheer for me from home and check on how I am doing next Monday, my bib number is #25862. With love and gratitude, Tracy

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