I’m linking up again with Debbie over at Deb Runs for her Wednesday World weekly link up! Click on the image below to join in and see who else is linking up.
This week’s word is initiative. Merriam-Webster has this to say about initiative (as a noun):
1. The power or opportunity to do something before others do
2. The energy and desire that is needed to do something
3. A plan or program that is intended to solve a problem
For this post, I’m going to focus on the second definition: The energy and desire that is needed to do something. You’re not going to get anywhere in life without a little initiative. If you wait around for someone to tell you what to do, then that’s where you’ll always be – just waiting around. I think having initiative is about learning to think for yourself, be creative, and take action to achieve your goals.
A lot of success in life comes down to whether or not you’re willing to put in the work. Sure, there are always outside factors that we cannot control. But there’s a lot to be said for putting your mind to something and making it happen. You can look at something and say “well that’s impossible” but everything that’s been accomplished was probably thought impossible before the first person did it. If you look at a problem or situation with a little bit of optimism, you can figure out how to make it work or make it better. You can take the initiative to conquer it.
Running, and exercise in general, is a great lesson in initiative. You learn to be motivated, and you have to have the drive to take action. It’s easy to come home from work exhausted and plop down on the couch, but it takes a little moxie to make yourself do otherwise. But you’re better off for it.
What does initiative mean to you?