“The ultimate significance in life comes not from something external, but from something internal. It comes from a sense of esteem for ourselves, which is not something we can ever get from someone else. People can tell you you’re beautiful, smart, intelligent, the best, or they can tell you that you are the most horrible human being on earth—but what matters is what you think about yourself. Whether or not you believe that deep inside you are continuing to grow and push yourself, to do and give more than was comfortable or you even thought possible. The wealthiest person on earth is one who appreciates.” – Anthony Robbins
You know how people tend to look forward to the weekends, especially the long ones? A common answer is opportunity to sleep in, rest & recover for the week ahead. & somehow if you don’t, the weekends seem wasted?
What if weekends are seen in another light? That they provide a glimpse of a life where you don’t need to worry about earning money, and you can make a conscious choice in how you want to spend your time. All 48 hours of it. It is a gift of personal freedom. How have you decided to spend this gift?
It’s one of those weekends where I have over-booked myself in various activities that are important to me and it’s difficult to know if I’m spending time and energy on the “right” activities. Realised that one of the things that is pulling me really low was my worry-worry-worry machine. It was running like crazy, and whatever decision made with it isn’t a decision really, it’s just stories. Made a decision to put out its plug, and put the energy to actually do more in the same time. So there :)
“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.” – George Bernard Shaw
“Researchers have shown that high esteem… is beneficial, but that even more desirable is unconditional self esteem: a solid core of belief in yourself, an abiding sense that you are competent & worthwhile – even when you fail or fall short.” – Alfie Kohn
A young runner was very excited.
After months of intense training, he was running in his very first marathon.
After the starter’s gun went off, he started with great enthusiasm, taking great strides and building a strong rhythm.
However, after a few miles, he began to tire and he felt like stopping.
“Don’t stop! If you can’t run, at least you can jog,” said a small voice in his head.
So, he slowed to a jog and was able to continue along the road, if a little slower than before.
After a few more miles, the lactic acid had really started to build and his legs were feeling weak.
Again, he felt like stopping.
“Don’t stop! If you can’t run, at least you can walk,” said the same voice.
So, he walked.
Whilst the progress was slower and other runners were passing him by, he was still gradually moving towards the finish line.
After a while, his left leg began to cramp badly and he was in a lot of pain.
Now, he was seriously considering giving up.
“Don’t stop! If you can’t walk, at least you can hobble.”
And so he hobbled, dragging his left leg as he painfully ambled along the road.
He was getting close to the end now, but was in incredible pain.
The temptation to stop was strong, he didn’t feel like he could go on any more.
“Don’t stop! If you can’t hobble, at least you can crawl,” said the voice.
“That’s ridiculous,” the runner responded to himself. “I can’t crawl in front of all of these people, I’ll look like an idiot!”
“If you can’t run, and you can’t jog, and you can’t walk, and you can’t hobble, but you still want to finish the race, you’ll do whatever you can to get across the line.”
So, slightly embarrassed, the young man got down on his hands and knees and crawled until he managed to make it across the finish line.
Utterly exhausted, he lay down on the ground for a moment, until someone asked if he was OK.
“OK? I’ve just finished a marathon, I feel awesome!”
He responded and jumped to his feet with enthusiasm, forgetting momentarily the pain that he was in as he raised his arms in celebration.
This story was written by Darren of the Better Life Coaching Blog as he considered how many times people give up on their dreams as they believe that they can’t keep going, when perhaps they just need to find another way to keep making progress.We won’t always have the energy, enthusiasm or motivation to run headlong towards our goals, but you’ll be surprised at how much progress you’ll be able to make if, instead of stopping, you slow down a little.
No matter what your goals are, what the obstacles in front of you are or how you feel about life at the moment.
Every day…Every single day…
You can make progress!
Text “pressed” (and edited slightly) via The Marathon Runner – A Story About Progressing Towards Your Goals.