Growing up, I was never a great athlete. I played sports, but I didn't have the right mindset. I always doubted myself and my ability to perform. As a result, I didn't do anything extraordinary in athletics. Now, as an adult, I realize that if I'd had the right thought process or philosophy and the confidence that comes with that, then I could have become a much better athlete. Similarly, growing up I didn't believe I could have long hair, and because of that belief I never did. My hair would only grow to just below my shoulders and break off.
But how many of us limit ourselves in one area of our lives or another because of how we think or how we see ourselves? Running has helped me believe that God's seed of greatness is inside of me, and because of this newfound belief, I now see that my potential is only limited by me. I've known about this seed of greatness for some time now, but knowing and believing are two very different things. I can know that it is possible for me to run 3 miles, but unless I believe that I can, then I have already mentally defeated myself and severely hindered my ability to do so. Chances are, I won't even attempt to run 3 miles.
Whether you believe in God or not, everyone has that seed of greatness inside of them. It's the reason our spirits soar when we watch that inspirational movie of the person who won simply because they refused to quit. None of us were meant to lead mediocre lives. I run because I know it helps me grow that seed of greatness inside of me. What are you doing to grow the seed of greatness in you?