Imagine that you’re running a marathon. You take off like a rocket. The crowd is cheering. Adrenaline keeps you going at the beginning, but you lose momentum midway through the race. Despite the challenge, you’re determined to finish in first place.
Although you trained for endurance, everything changed when you stepped on the track. You took off faster than planned, and others caught up quicker than expected. This caused you to push harder. While it was great to start out strong, you ended up falling behind.
Exhaustion tempted you to give in. It seemed more natural to quit, but it was too hard to give up. You had a choice; slow down and pace yourself or step off the track and stop. If you hoped to complete the race, you needed to change your pace. Your goal shifted from winning to simply staying in the race.
Pride set in, but humility seemed to win. Although you visualized being in first place, you were thankful to have at least maintained a steady pace. Confidence built up as you gained momentum. While you went backward, you got back on track. You were so glad that you kept moving forward and that you didn’t turn back.
The next time you face a setback, keep this vision in mind. Slow down if you must. Keep going, and maintain a steady pace. If you’re tempted to step off the track, pull yourself together. And do whatever it takes to stay in the race.
What you leave behind to keep moving is just as important as what you do to move forward. Today’s setback isn’t the end. Success is right around the corner. Tomorrow is your chance to start again.
Julie Barbera, author of the forthcoming book, Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection
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