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What Are You Waiting For?

By Asha Ellison on 12/21/2017 | General

As 2017 comes to a close, many of us are rushing to establish our goals for 2018. From fitness and food to fashion and finance, it seems everyone has something they want to improve on in the year ahead. While New Year’s resolutions are common, I can’t help but wonder, “What is everyone waiting for?”

This isn’t Monopoly. There’s no need to pass GO or collect $200 dollars before making a beneficial move in our lives. There are no stoplights or trains crossing. We don’t need a signed permission slip from New Year’s Day to start making progress towards ours goals. The time to act is now! 

Oftentimes, everything we need to achieve our goals already exists within us. We just have to bring it out! As we activate our Star Power and start marching toward victory, the magic and the transformation begin to happen.

At Girls on the Run, we host 5K events at the end of each season to celebrate our girls’ ability to commit to a goal and achieve it. We teach girls about finding our “happy pace” and taking small steps that will eventually lead us across the finish line. These are concepts we should encourage ourselves, and others around us, to employ all year long–not just during the GOTR season!

I’ve learned that if we spend our lives waiting for the right moment to pursue a dream or accomplish something great, it oftentimes doesn’t work in out. We might find ourselves procrastinating, second-guessing our abilities to be successful, or feeling overwhelmed. 

Sometimes, we just have to take initiative! I’m a firm believer that good things come to those who work them. This means, once we have identified a goal, we must actively begin pursuing - step by step and day by day.

With New Year’s Eve looming nearby, I encourage us all to steal a few moments to scour and sift through the resources available to us today. Let’s spend some time strategically setting tasks and counting the personal mile-markers that will lead us to victory in the days ahead.

No matter how many finish lines (read: goals) we cross in 2018, the point is that we should start moving toward each one now. And, as we move, we must continue to lead ourselves in the same way we lead our girls – with positivity, perseverance, and passion. Ready? Set! Go!


Asha Ellison


Asha is the Communications Manager for Girls on the Run International where she works to keep the GOTR world connected. Asha, also a mental health professional, believes in teaching girls (she has 5 nieces!) that the power of their dreams exists without bounds or limitations. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, creating inspirational videos and eating too many macarons!

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