≡ Menu

daring greatly in 2013!

ahhhh…the time has come.  the week has passed and i’ve set my resolutions.  and, they’re big.  and i’m nervous.  because once i post them, i’m totally committed.  i mean, it’s public.  very public.  and it’s one thing to write them on my printable download and hang them in my house for me to see….and another thing to post them here, for you to see.  and so.  here we are.  and i decided to commit, because what do i have to lose?  if i fail, at least i fail while daring greatly.  one of my all-time favorite quotes comes from teddy roosevelt, the man in the arena:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

“Citizenship in a Republic,”
Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910

i want my life to speak to daring greatly.  as i told you earlier this year, i’m not naturally bent to daring greatly or living spontaneous and silly.  but i want to.  i desire to live in a way that teaches my kids to dream big dreams.  to set goals outside their comfort zone and steadfastly pursue them.  the word steadfast itself means to be resolute.  firm and unwavering.  i want to teach them excellence by example.  and by hard work.  how else can they learn it?  excellence in every single area of life requires a steadfastness of spirit, body, mind, and heart.  i want to be able to look back and say that if i fail, at least i actually had some skin in the game.  to stand on the sidelines and criticize is cheap.  it is easy.  and in this life we see easy in every direction we look.  we see people around us every day taking shots at those who step out into the arena.  who throw their hat in the ring and take the risk to stand apart from the crowd.  to fight for something they believe in.  to swim against the powerful current of this modern social world.  to risk failing for the sweet reward of personal accomplishment or fundamental principle.  let’s choose hard.  let’s choose those dreams that require us to work.  steadfastly.  that force us to grow and expand beyond our present capabilities.  let us look back next year and be amazed how far we’ve come.

and then this…i love this…

Screen Shot 2012-12-30 at 8.55.14 PM

i mean really.  isn’t that true?  so often we set goals that we already know we can accomplish.  that are within our grasp.  this year i’m striving to set goals beyond my ability.  way beyond my comfort level.  ones i’m actually afraid to commit to because they give me butterflies in my stomach.  i’m fully aware that i might fail.  in all three categories!  in fact, the odds are completely against me.  but i’m going down with a fight.  and even if i fail, i will gain so much in the process that it could never be deemed a failure, except by one of those critics, who could never know victory or defeat themselves.  those who choose to stand on the sideline and critique those of us who dare to dream.  who dare to push the boundary of who we are, and venture into the territory of who we can become.  they are entirely different realms.  and so, i choose the arena.  so without further ado…or procrastination and weaseling from me…  (drumroll please)…..


see, i told you.  pretty intense.  i mean, the boston marathon qualifier has been on my wish list for over ten years.  TEN years!  i’ve never written it down, fully committed to training for it, but still.  it has eluded me.  and it literally scares the pants off me to commit to it personally, let alone publicly!!  but i trust you to help me get there.  and if you’re interested in joining beth moore’s scripture memory team with me, check it out here!  i think it’s going to be great.

okay.  your turn.  what do you choose?  sideline or arena?  i do so hope you’ll join me in the arena, daring greatly.  and if you so choose, you can commit publicly to those resolutions right here.  i promise to cheer you on and i hope you promise to do the same for me.  resolve to be steadfast this year in the pursuit of greatness.  in the pursuit of daring greatly.  if there is anything i learned in my journey to ironman last year, it is that anything is possible.  from a girl who was on the dance line through high school and never played a competitive sport, i swam 2.5 miles, biked 112, and finished a 26.2 mile marathon.  in one day.  in 13.5 hours.  if i can do that…YOU can do ANYTHING.

Screen Shot 2012-12-30 at 10.56.32 PM

let’s go.  to the arena!



If you would like to receive future posts like this to your inbox sign up here and receive a FREE copy of my ebook: Finding the Extraordinary in an Ordinary Life!  Get to know me more by following my Facebook pagePinterestInstagram or Twitter
 where I post daily photos, questions & encouragement!

{ 10 comments… add one }
  • Kelli December 31, 2012, 5:03 pm

    I love it Tam. I’m making goals with your words in mind…..also your cheerleader on the sideline. Here’s to 2013 a BIG year of dreams, goals, and growth!

    • Tammy January 2, 2013, 2:22 am

      BIG dreams kelli. can’t wait to spend more life together with you in ’13!

  • Marie December 31, 2012, 11:26 pm

    I hope that you do qualify for the marathon! Thanks for this encouraging post!

    • Marie December 31, 2012, 11:30 pm

      P.S. – I’m doing the Scripture Memory Team, too!

      • Tammy January 2, 2013, 2:21 am

        thank you marie! maybe we’ll meet at the SSMT party next january!

  • Tara January 1, 2013, 8:14 pm

    Hi Tammy Sue…I enjoy reading your thoughts put into words….Print! how brave! I have a store full of blank journals with the intent to write….my mind and soul move fast with so much I think I feel I want to do….to make a difference. I will have to sit and be still and ponder and I will resolve something for 2013 : ) last year I was on a quest to really become a rider…to develop the human horse bond….well that got a little of the track….so I guess Number 1 is to get back in the saddle….it is a work in progress for certain. I want to be present, I want to have purpose…to live each day the whole day with meaning….I’ll ponder the rest, while I clean the barn : )

    • Tammy January 2, 2013, 2:22 am

      yes, back in the saddle! can’t wait to be with you at priest again this summer. xoxo

  • Connie January 4, 2013, 5:51 pm

    Tammy! I love this and have been thinking about my resolutions. I’m also going to do the Scripture Memory Team with Beth Moore. I’ve always wanted to memorize verses and this will be a great way to do it. My body goal is to just run a marathon and do the CDA triathlon, both are a first for me. My last goal is to have more self-control and only speak words that build people up. No negativity!

    • Tammy January 4, 2013, 9:32 pm

      i love it connie!! i’m your cheerleader AND i’d love to do some runs together too! i’m planning the CDA tri & a marathon so we’re on similar tracks. wahoo to new things in 2013 & doing them together! xoxo

  • Tammy January 18, 2013, 2:51 am

    due to technical error i had to repost this manually. from alexis:

    Wow girl, I love when this happens. When you literally read about someone else’s journey and get chills – because it’s like reading your very own! Gift 🙂 I too have aspired to qualify for Boston, having lived there for 7 years and watched it every year I was! Beth Moore’s Memory challenge has been on my heart for – oh – a year – and I”m finally taking the plunge this year as well. And Ironman! has! been! a! dream! since I was 12! Lake Placid – it’s happening. May be 5 years from now – but someday! I know it’s possible… 🙂 I may or may not be dreaming of marrying an Ironman… and even doing my first one together.

Leave a Comment

Next post:

Previous post: