Have you ever felt like you were running on a treadmill with no destination in sight? You couldn’t even remember what you had done that day, let alone the day or week prior. One thing was for sure, you felt exhausted and drained.
One day seemed to run into another. Before you knew it, days turned into weeks. Weeks turned into years. Then, one day you woke up to realize that five or ten years had gone by.
Every year you set goals, only to end up disappointed by the results. Nothing seemed to change. Frustration set in when you realized you had accomplished nothing you set out to achieve that year.
Compare this scenario to running on a treadmill. You burn calories and energy by running in place. But no matter how many hours or days you run, you’ll never ever end up in New York if you start running on a treadmill in Miami. The boredom of running in place with no destination in sight makes it even harder to get back on the treadmill tomorrow. After all, how exciting is it to run in place?
You’ll most certainly feel tired after running for hours on a treadmill, but you’ll miss out on a lot of beautiful scenery along the way. Moreover, you’ll never experience the satisfaction of having completed a journey from Miami to New York.
Compare the treadmill runner to a marathon runner. A clear purpose is in mind. A date is set for the race. Goals are laid out to get in shape. The routine consists of short and long runs leading up to the big day. All of the training involved is done with one clear purpose in mind: to successfully complete the race.
Life will always be like running on a treadmill without a clear destination. It’s only by pursuing your purpose that you’ll ever feel the satisfaction that a marathon runner feels after completing a race.
If you’re ready to stop running in place and run your race, let’s talk.
Julie Barbera, author of the forthcoming book, Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection
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