Transformative Thursdays: Nothing Just Happens


Several years ago, I decided I would run a marathon. A marathon is 26.2 miles and I had never run more than five miles at that point. I enjoyed running short distances but decided I somehow needed to check “ran a marathon” off my list. I had all the tools to be successful—training guide, information, healthy body, and the desire. But even with all those tools, I had to put in the work every day or at least 2-3 times per week to build up my stamina. Having the desire alone, was not going to allow my legs to cross the finish line. Even with all the information and how to’s, I still had to hit the pavement and run. I had to push through many obstacles—rainy days, cold days, hot days, sick days, mental fatigue—and keep training. Eventually, race day arrived, and I ran the race and finished 5 hours and 22 minutes later!

There’s no doubt you have dreams, goals and desires but each of them will require you to put in a lot of work. There’s nothing that can replace having a good work ethic and overcoming apathy and laziness. Nothing just happens.

• Write your goal.
• Develop a plan.
• Set aside time to do the work.
• Make yourself accountable to someone.
• Keep going until you finish.

~Coletta Jones Patterson

*Coletta is an author, business executive, life/business coach and speaker who is passionate about helping others go beyond stuck. Her latest book, “Beyond Stuck: Creating the Life You Want” is available on Connect with Coletta at

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