Have you ever noticed how when you think negative thoughts your energy sags? I ran the New York City marathon once and in the last few miles my ankle, which had been sprained only a week before the race, began to throb. I limped along, determined to finish. I had no control over my thoughts at that point, but I did notice when I focused on the pain I could barely move. When I fixed my eyes on the finish, I could run. It seemed as though there were two people inside of me. One wanted to throw herself on the ground and cry. The other doggedly pushed on. I didn’t meet my goal of finishing in three and a half hours, but I did finish and in the process learned a valuable lesson of focusing on the positive. I plan to reinforce that lesson every day this month.