In the past six months, my older child has mentioned mindset a couple of times in conversation. My takeaway was the attitude you have has a huge impact on how you approach something. This, of course, also impacts your outcome.

Last year, I learned about The Great Ferry Race, a half-marathon on Bainbridge Island, WA – where I live. I thought about signing up and discounted the idea as it’s been a very long time since I ran a race. A couple of years ago, a friend of mine from CA started training for half-marathons. She was my inspiration to sign up for this year’s The Great Ferry Race. I asked if she would join me and was thrilled when she said yes! The icing on the cake was that my older child came to visit at the last minute, and also ran the race with us.

I had decided to walk and run the race, just like in my training. On race day, at mile three, I was surprised I hadn’t walked (yet). Still did not walk at mile four. At mile five, I made the decision to run the race unless my body told me otherwise. It’s not like me to make a quick decision and then go with it. What was different this time was I experienced a felt sense of determination in my body as I made the decision. I ended up running most of the race and finished third in my age group! It’s a very small race but I’m still happy with my result.

I learned intention + determination = mindset. Once I have the intention and determination is felt in the body, my mind is set to accomplish the intention. Regardless of the outcome, I know I’ve put in my best effort; and I can let the process unfold, and enjoy the fruits of my labor. 

I invite you to share your experience of intention, determination, and mindset below.


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