Johnson Cook

Atlanta tech investor. Entrepreneur.

Johnson Cook - Atlanta tech investor. Entrepreneur.

One Foot in Front of the Other


When I set a goal to run my first 10k last summer, it was the first time I had ever started a regular training plan for running. I didn’t think it was possible for my legs to move me in a distance longer than 2.2 miles.

Turns out, I was wrong. All those around me were right!  I used Hal Higdon’s training plan, which made it a breeze and a blast.

Looking back, the training was easy – the mileage was easy to accomplish, the schedule was easy to follow and there was no reason to consider that it couldn’t be done. Yet even as I stared running, I was still intimidated by the unknown. This was new to me and I didn’t know if my body could translate the numbers on the page into a physical accomplishment… but there was one comment by Hal that was more inspiring than anything else in his schedule… after all the tips and pointers, he said at one point, “Ok, now just go run. Put one foot in front of the other. It’s simple.”

There are so many areas in life where we sit around thinking, planning, considering, researching… when what we really should be doing is just going to put one foot in front of the other.  It’s simple.   You may not end up where you think you are going to go, you may be walking right into a wall… or even more scary, right off a cliff…. but if you don’t at least try, you will never know, and life isn’t about research or wishing things could happen… life is about movement, change, and new experiences.   Unless you are happy with everything about your life right now, go find your training program. Find a run – and then do the most simple part, one foot in front of the other.

What else inspires you to put one foot in front of the other?

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  • Noel Coleman says:

    Another component is looking at the whole of my life. Do I have the space in my life to give this this energy it requires? When I can answer yes to that question (even if it means first removing something else), I am able to get moving and stay in motion.

    Having a defined end helps me a lot as well. In other words, it helps if I know that I’m not starting something that has to be done for the rest of my life at the same pace or intensity. I can see the goal line. While the reality may be that my life has never actually slowed down after reaching a goal, giving myself a line to cross tricks my mind into thinking it will. So I can run hard looking forward to both the thrill of the win and the welcome embrace of rest.

    August 1, 2012 at 12:49 pm
    • Johnson Cook says:

      Great points Noel. When I question doing something because of time, I can’t help but think of the most financially successful guy I know when he told me: “Time is not a limiting factor. You are the limiting factor. Your time is spent how you choose to spend it.” At first, I thought all he meant was to sleep less and work more, but now I’ve started to realize exactly what he means. Good stuff.

      August 6, 2012 at 4:44 pm
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