Laziness is nothing more than the habit of taking rest before we get tired. ~ Jules Renard.
Have you ever wonder why some people seem to succeed in everything they try? They have successful careers. They have great friendships. Actively and meaningfully involved in community services and are in great shape all the time. Then, there are those who seem to falter at everything they do. Why is this?
In many cases, they start out strong on some path of endeavor. But, somewhere along the way they let things slide. Then, they quit. And they will justify with excuses like, “I just couldn’t follow through with my leads.” “I got disconnected.” “I intended to do well.” “I wanted to work out, but so many things popped on the days I plan to work on this.” Somewhere in the back of their minds, they believe that intending to do things is sort of like doing them. The bottom line: They let go of the rope.
Most probably we are in a culture that has come to expect things instantly. Say, we like overnight fame, rapid fitness, love at first sight, fast diets and a dash to success – that’s only about a 100 meters, don’t we? If we couldn’t enjoy the rewards instantly, we lose interest. I reckon many people believe success in life is the result of a sprint. That the start is what’s critical. So they tend to jump into believing and accepting that something is wrong if they do not experience what they want in a reasonable amount of time.
Life is not a sprint but a marathon. Sprints and marathons are two distinctly different races. In a sprint, one of the most critical elements is the start. If you falter at the start we don’t stand a chance to win the race. On the other hand, the starts of marathoners are not that important. More importantly, it’s about how we endure.
In life, everyone has a bad start now and then. But, that doesn’t mean the race is lost. What matters most is picking or getting up again. And keep ourselves in motion consistently to make up lost ground over time. Are you letting go of the rope too soon? Remember, you don’t do marathons quickly. You have to learn how to spread your energy output over time. It is how well you endure that empowers you over the long haul which make us press through what would otherwise be our quitting points …… Those who succeed in everything they try, understand more about persistence, commitment and courage and they hold on tight and refuse to quit.
Have another great week !!!