I got lost while running a marathon. I could give up, or keep running till the end. I kept running and ran 31 miles instead of 26.2.
I learned so much that day, just by not giving up. I learned I could run 31 miles. I learned the power of the mind and body. More than that, I learned the value of never giving up.
Unfortunately, some people give up way too easy when they are striving for a goal.
Most give up on a dream or goal because they get discouraged.
- It’s harder than they imagined
- They don’t see results
- Everyone else is giving up
Don’t give up when it’s gets tough. Keep on keeping on. Here’s how, step by step:
Step 1: Remember the Why
I remembered why I was running that marathon, to finish the race and savor the accomplishment. Why are you pursing your goals and dreams? Why do you do what you do?
Step 2: When the pain comes, and it will, focus on the finish line.
When I was lost and discouraged, I focused on the finish line. The end was near if I just pressed on. What is your finish line? What will the completion of your goals and dreams look like?
Step 3: Picture yourself accomplishing your goals and dreams.
When 26.2 miles turned into way more, I imagined finishing, getting a medal, and feeling the joy of accomplishment. What will your end look and feel like?
You can do this. See it. Feel it. Go for it!
Hebrews 12:1-2, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”