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Are We Letting Go Of The Rope Too Soon?

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 !!!


  1. Lyn Leahz says:

    Thanks Michael. I always like how you relate truth from the Bible to every day life. It’s very refreshing. God bless you!

  2. Nat says:

    So true. πŸ™‚ Great message for the week! Inspired! πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful day and week ahead, Michael!

    • Michael says:

      Hi Nat, Enjoy the journey and be in sync. You know, 3/4 of PROMOTION comes from the word, MOTION. Sync with motion and keep excelling. Best wishes, Nat.

  3. I have one particular dream that I have been close to letting go of recently, and you just encouraged me to hang on to the rope a little longer. Thanks for writing this Michael!

    • Michael says:

      πŸ˜ƒ please visit the conclusion of my posting again. Have an open mind, quieten the mind and reflect. Blessings !!!

  4. Michael, I always feel like you’re speaking to me. πŸ™‚ Thank you! Have a fabulous week!!

  5. Sally Tudor says:

    Reblogged this on Sally's Serenity Spot.

  6. Nicely said, Michael…one of your best posts to date!

  7. iamkarenw says:

    Thanks for liking my blog. I really enjoyed this post and I will share this among friends and family members!

  8. pennycoho says:

    Excellent post today Michael. Growing up we had very few books in our home (I lived on a farm. We stayed busy out doors. There were some wonderful classics, a set of encyclopedias and the bibles. A large one center place on a shelf by itself and my mothers that sat on a table next to her chair. Every evening she would read from the bible and then reference the reading to something that had happened to one of us or our friends or something else relevent at that time. We learned that the bible was a source of untimate wisdom. Because that was what my mother used as a guide. Your posts bring back memories of those times. You do the same as she, thank you!

  9. thehomeheart says:

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  10. Procastination….wonderful piece!

  11. Anish Nair says:

    A brilliantly explained piece of work. BTW, i really how you explained everything using the “Marathon” vs “Sprint” example. One cannot elaborate better. Happy Blogging!

  12. bibuji says:

    That’s true. I have never dreamt of having a big change in my mind at such a later part of my life…there will be no conclusion in the life until it ends.

    • Michael says:

      I share the same view too. You have a great day and despite the rush, noise and pressure you may have to face each day, keep excelling !!!

  13. brettbatten says:

    I have dropped out of sprints and marathons but I never leave the stadium. There is hope πŸ™‚

    • Michael says:

      Keep that “Hope” inside you. Wishing you the very best in life and see you in your next posting. 😊

  14. eof737 says:

    You have a point M! Sometimes the rope isn’t here or there but elsewhere, and we must move forward. Then there are those with the mirage of success; everything perfect and then one day – boom! They destroy it all and the facade is lifted. Things are never as they seem. Success to me is peace of mind, you know, good health, and then the rest are gifts from the spirit. Letting go is okay as long as we keep moving forward… I love this post as it got me remembering what I’ve seen and experienced over the years. TY bro! You are one of my fav bloggers… just had to say it. πŸ˜‰

  15. Yup. I wonder if some of us are just ‘made that way’ – we are tenacious spirits who, despite all odds, see things through ‘to the end.’ Which sometimes is quite satisfying and even at times magical!

  16. Anthony says:

    Great post. Be blessed my Brother.

    • Michael says:

      Thanks Wolfgang. You know something, the music was so lovely and I feel like dancing. You are fantastic, Wolfgang. Which part of Germany are you exactly? Feel free to use my “UpClose” page. Best wishes for the day, my friend.

  17. I agree that we need to think more in terms of a marathon than a sprint. But also, I think that timing is very important. Sometimes things have to fall into place before you can move forward, just like the gears of a clock moving before the hour can chime. Ego wants us to achieve in a sprint, while wisdom allows patience and intuition to help us to know when the time is right to move. Just like swaying in the breeze or allowing the current to take you when you need to be next.
    Michael, you have very inspirational posts. Thank you for taking the time to write them.

  18. kalima123 says:

    Reblogged this on Lara: On the Weigh Down and commented:
    Michael, thank you for having the perfect post for what I needed today!

  19. Sandy Sue says:

    Hey, Michael, I came over from Lara: On the Weigh Down. Great insights and so similar to what I blathered about yesterday (just with more of a bend toward mental illness). Something must be in the air.

  20. PhotoMom says:

    This is an inspiring post that I definitely needed to read. My patience wears thin sometimes. Love your photos.

  21. StHaelRazor says:

    Thank you! πŸ˜‰

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