Happy 2011! Did you make a resolution this year? Have you kept it so far? Statistically speaking, 25% of the people who made a resolution have already broken it. So congratulations to those of you who are still going to the gym, not smoking or eating a salad at lunch!
I have to admit, I didn’t make a resolution this year – although I did make it to the gym twice this week. A couple of years ago, though, I made a big one. I declared at a New Years Eve dinner that I was going to run a marathon. I’m proud to say I kept the resolution and completed the Chicago Marathon later that year.
For anyone who knows me, they know what an accomplishment that was. I was the girl in high school that ended up taking freshman gym as a senior because I kept trying to talk the counselors into waiving the requirement. My first visit to an official “gym” was when I contemplated running the marathon. I think I may have even received a “D” in elementary school PE.
So what motivated me to do something as big as a marathon? Quite simply, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado. At the time, we did the Marathon of Hope as a fundraiser. I watched others make their goals with perseverance and hard work while it benefited Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado. Over the years, more than 40 runners raised $230,000 for us. I figured I’d give it a shot.
What kept me motivated? First, I publically declared my resolution and I asked my friends, family, and colleagues for their support. My personal fundraising page kept track of how I was doing on donations and people could make donations large and small. View a fundraising page. I appreciated the financial support but even more I appreciated the moral support they gave me. They asked on a regular basis how the training was going. Their donations also kept me honest on the training.
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado changed up the Marathon of Hope this year. Pardon the pun, but we ran out of runners.
Hope in Motion is a fundraising program designed for athletes and athletes-to-be who want to run a race, bike to the finish line, swim the triathlon or hike the mountains. You chose your sport, we set you up with your fundraising page and help you train.
Success in your resolutions happens when you tell people, ask for their support, write about it, and break it down into smaller pieces (your training legs). Soon, you will have accomplished your goal and helped our scholars at the same time.
I hope your 2011 is a great one! Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado wants to help you reach your goals. Let us know how we can help!
Thank you for your support!