The saying goes, "when the going gets tough, the tough get going."  When the situation becomes difficult, the strong work harder to meet the challenge.  So how do you become "the strong?"  How do you become one of those people that will never quit, will work hard, persevere?

I often think about this as I'm working out.  When you're muscles are burning, your lungs are gasping for air, and you're really freaking tired, how do you push passed all of that and keep going? Nine times out of ten, it's a mental game.  Your muscles actually CAN keep going, it's your mind that needs the convincing.

So that being said, I've been trying to come up with a mantra or a quick saying, I can use on repeat, when "the going gets tough."  I tried several but they lacked meaning to me, and therefore, were ineffective.  I would say "keep going" but my mind quickly said, "nope, I don't want to."  Or  "you can do this," while thinking "I really don't think I can."

Then on my run last week, at mile 10, I was exhausted.  I thought to myself, "yes you are tired but you are LUCKY to be here, to feel this tired, to move the way do and to run!"  There are so many people far less fortunate.  

My mother passed away from breast cancer three years go, and she was my best friend.  She also is where I learned my passion for exercise.  She loved it!  That's when my meaningful (and effective) mantra finally occurred to me.  In that moment I thought, "do it for those who can't" and I persevered.  I finished the run feeling tired but so accomplished and above all else, fortunate.

I encourage all of you to find a mantra that means something to you.  What will keep you going when you really feel like you can't go anymore?