I am a product of that advice. Five years ago I couldn’t run a mile, three years ago I got back into 5Ks. In 2014 I ran a 10K, in 2015 a half marathon and in June of 2016 a full marathon. If I had looked at the road to running that marathon as a whole back in 2011, instead of each tiny step by itself, I would have easily become discouraged and given up. Lesson = sticking with it daily will help you accomplish great things as long as you never give up.
This is true not just with health and fitness, but in life. Sometimes when the goal seems too large or daunting we avoid taking it on altogether. Do you avoid hills in LIFE? DON’T!! Take them ON. Sure, they’re scary, but they will make you STRONGER! When you take the advice of that coach, they’re not as hard as you think. Tackle hills in tiny steps so you don’t run out of steam before you reach the top. Don’t look at the hill when you’re climbing it, focus on what’s at hand at that MOMENT. Be PRESENT. If things get tough, pump your arms even harder.
If you do that, the rest takes care of itself. Pretty soon you’ll find yourself at the top with a feeling of immense satisfaction. You can look back at where you came from and say I DID IT.