Have you ever run a marathon? I haven’t and I sure don’t have any plans to do one any time soon! I’m not a runner and I always feel like I should quit as soon as I start. The last race I was in I was pushed around in a grocery cart dressed up like a mermaid—here’s a photo for proof:
It was one of those corporate, dress-up-and-run 5k fundraiser events—you know the drill. But I still admire the people who are able to do a full marathon. I can watch them do their thing while I do my thing on the sidelines (I’d probably be eating snacks) and still learn from them. Win-win!
The Truth About Marathon Runners
Here’s what I know about marathon runners; they just don’t quit. They show me what it looks like to train and build endurance and never stop putting one foot in front of the other—all the things I love to talk about because it applies to more than just runners. These lessons apply to all of us.
So, if you’ve been feeling like quitting recently, or you’ve been wondering why on earth you’re still doing the same thing over and over again, here are some lessons I want you to remember the next time you think about quitting. I hope you’ll use these lessons to build up your own endurance in anything you’re working towards.
We All Run at Different Speeds
It’s easy to compare how you’re doing with how someone else is doing and that can lead you to question why you’re not going anywhere. Don’t let comparison get in the way of your goals. Your speed is the right speed for you and as long as you keep going, you’ll still be moving forward.
Maintain Consistent Habits
Consistency is key. Developing habits are the way that you can show up consistently each day as you work towards your goals. Making it part of your lifestyle will make it less likely that you will quit when things get tough. Be consistent and progress will happen.
Visualize the End Goal
When you can visualize the final goal that you’re working for, then you’ll find it easier to keep the good habits, even on tough days. Visualize your goal by thinking about what you hope life will look like once you reach it. How will you feel? What will you be doing? What will life look like? These are all great questions to ask that will help you create a strong mental image of what you hope the future will look like.
Be Patient and Don’t Quit
Success isn’t for those who quit. The key to endurance is that you have the patience to see it through on the tough days because you know it will lead to success in the end. If you don’t have patience, it will be easy to give up and move on to something else. Don’t be impatient! Keep working at it, keep building your endurance and you will see results.
Keep Putting One Foot In Front of the Other
Some days in your journey will be harder than others. I imagine every marathon runner gets to that point in the race where they start to question why they ever signed up for this thing in the first place (or at least I would be thinking that).
When you start to question yourself or doubt what you are doing, focus on how you can put one foot in front of the other. You can always last ten more seconds or do one more step, so focus on doing that.
You can always do more than you think you can. I hope that these thoughts will help you stay motivated for long term goals and as you work towards new goals.
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