Imagine that you are 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 are 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 prompted you to push harder. While it was great to start 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 merely staying in the race.
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 are tempted to step off the track, pull yourself together, and do whatever it takes to stay in the race.