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Week 2: Pushing Through Fear

Top 2 Acronyms to Support Progress

Two Acronyms to Push Fear

Welcome to Week 2 of the S2S5K. Over an 8-week period each episode will align with lessons presented here and on the S2S5K resources page. Log in at with your email address for access. Special thanks to our friends at Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano for sponsoring this series.


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As usual, please consult your medical professional before beginning any exercise program.

Our top two (of four) acronyms remind runners and dreamers that progress requires action. And action requires a small bit of faith...just enough faith to get up from the sofa to do something positive in the direction of your goal.

1. PUSH - Pray Until Something Happens

This is the top one because it whittles down the complexities of wish fulfillment to one vital element: persistent effort. While the focus, intention and earnestness of prayer is incredibly valuable, its the latter part of the phrase that speaks to effort and our point today: until something happens. It speaks to unrelenting faith in pursuing your goals and dreams - and not the faith that doesn't know the occasional doubt - the faith that persists in spite of it. Nothing worthwhile is easy, so whether its a physical, financial or professional goal - persistence is what separates those that win from those that don't.

2. FEAR - False Evidence Appearing Real

To fear is human. As young children our fears are a bit more clear. We are afraid of losing a parent, of not being liked or loved, of failing or of being left alone. Adult fears aren't all that different...its just they're masked behind the experience pain and disappointment bring. For that reason many adults have not articulated exactly what they are afraid of. Lots of adults simply say: "I'm not sure" or "I don't know." Their heart knows, but their mind hasn't spoken those truths in a long time. So the fears are hidden - sometimes deep down, sometimes really close to the surface.

A Mental Exercise

For those who have an inkling as to what may hold them back, an exercise: consider the worst case scenario. What would you do if that happened? It can be helpful to talk this out or write it down. The process of making a plan, however hypothetical, can quiet the mind a bit to free up energy for more fruitful tasks.

Lastly, the F.E.A.R. acronym mentions "false evidence." The accumulation of true and real evidence can help you push through old fears. So let's go get some! Let's dare together to discover real truths about how you ARE capable, what you CAN do, even connecting to past and previous successes.

New evidence can come from the outside, i.e accomplishments or awards, but it can also come from the inside, i.e personal revelations, insights and paradigm shifts. External results can bolster internal beliefs, but changing the inside first, although sometimes emotionally difficult, creates the more lasting effect.

There is more to the fear story that we will examine in week 4. For next week we will discuss our third and fourth top acronyms for progress.

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