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Run before you walk

“Sometimes, you gotta run before you can walk.” -Tony Stark, Iron Man

Sometimes, the best way to prepare for excellence is by attempting much more than what you’re prepared to do.

If you’re never uncomfortable, never out of your league, never feeling a little self-conscious, never vulnerable, never outmatched, never overwhelmed, then you may have good reasons to question whether or not you’re following a path that truly respects your potential.

One of my challenges this year is to read a book a week. Honestly, this challenge is knocking me around. I simply don’t have time to do it. I have way too much going on. It would probably be “wiser” in some conventional sense to set a more modest goal. But I’m sticking with it because this is where the action, adventure, and self-discovery is. I’m learning things about attention management, concentration, discipline, persistence, and creativity that I would never know if I wasn’t pushing myself to do something my mind says I can’t do.

Biting off more than you can chew has its benefits.

Take on a challenge. Explore unknown territory. Run before you walk. Do something that you’re not qualified to do.

There’s much more to life than being comfortable.

Dare to discover what you’re truly capable of and give yourself the opportunity to see how much of an adventure living can be.


T.K. Coleman

This Post Has 6 Comments
    1. Glad, glad, and glad to hear it, LaJuana B 🙂 There’s nothing quite like LIVING the things we know, right? Thanks for your words of encouragement.

      Keep creating 🙂


  1. First, T.K., I need to tell you that the comment link in the email I received for this blog took me to an error page. I thought you would want to know. i got to this page via another link.

    Now for my comment on “Run Before You Walk”—Once again your inspiration comes at just the right moment! I just took on a project of a kind I have never done before. I am excited, nervous, overwhelmed, thrilled and yes, there is some major discomfort, but I’m going ahead anyway in spite of the discomfort because it’s something I want very much to happen!
    Thanks for your inspiring words, once again, T.K. You are a man of great wisdom! 🙂

    1. Thanks for letting me know about the link, Audrey 🙂

      I’m glad to hear of this new project you’re taking. It sounds exciting. I hope the challenges that ensue bring out the very best in you. Stay encouraged and feel free to let me know if there’s anyway I can support. I’ll send some positive thoughts and prayers your way.



      1. Thanks so much for sending good thoughts and prayers my way and for offering your support for my project. I so appreciate it! 🙂

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