Are you a person that seems to always stops just shy of the goal? You believe you want something, but find yourself constantly giving up?
One of the principles I live my life by is "Finish the Job". This past weekend I participated in an annuual 10 km race in our local community called "The Amazing Pace", put on by our local Lung Association. We dress in costumes and teams solve location clues, while racing around town doing crazy challenges. Although it is a race, I don't do this for the prizes. I do it because it is a great cause, it's fun to take part in, and one way I can make a difference. This is my forth year and it is always a ton of fun. This year however, was a little different. On the very first challenge, I pulled something in my groin, and felt a twinge start in my knee. Before I learned and committed to this principle of "Finish the Job", had I been in this situation, I most likely would have bought the excuse that it would be too hard to continue because the race was just starting, and already I was experiencing physical limitation.
However, there was never a question in my mind, I knew I would keep going. The day started out cold, but sunny, but by the 4th challenge (out of 9), it started to pour rain. We got our rain ponchos out and put on top of our crazy costumes, but we were already wet. So now, I was cold, wet and could barely keep my sore legs moving. Our next challenge took us up a big hill and cars were splashing us as they drove by. When we got to the next location, we had made an error and were in the wrong spot, so, we made a course correction and just kept going. We were the last team to finish, and took much longer than all the other teams, but we did Finish the Job!
Often people look at those that achieve goals in life and in business and have convinced themselves they are somehow different than they are, and they possess skills they don't. In fact, the only and MOST IMPORTANT skill people that succeed have, is the ability to push through any limitation by drawing on the power of the mind.
I can tell you I moaned and groaned just like most would in those circumstances....every step hurt. I wanted to call a cab to come and get me. But I was committed, rain, shine, injury or not, I was determined to finish what I started. I kept saying to myself, just keep putting one foot in front of the other and think about the fantastic epsom salt bubble bath when you get home. My opinion was, this is TEMPORARY..... I owed it to the people who were generous enough to sponsor me. I owed it to the patients benefiting from the Lung Association that were not physically able to do the race because of their breathing difficulty. And I owed it to myself....I know that in life if I am willing to give up on one thing, I would be willing to give up on other things. Finishing what I set out to do has been a principle that has served me in both my personal life and in my business. It is something that builds your belief and trust in yourself, your self esteem and your confidence.
Giving up is not an option to me. There is always a way where there appears to be no way. You must have the ability to see past the current circumstance, find solutions, and be able to see the end goal. This is the distinct mindset difference that separates those that reach goals from those that don't.
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