So here is the difference between those who succeed and those who don’t. The ones who succeed don’t quit. They don’t choose the easy road. They don’t make excuses. They don’t settle for “good enough” from themselves.
The human heart, the human mind, and the human body are capable of so much more than we realize. The runner reaches the exhaustion point way before he reaches the finish line. His lungs burn, his muscles scream, his mind is assaulted with thoughts like ” must stop”, “can’t go on”…..but he keeps putting one foot in front of the other, pushing on, and on. And he makes it across that line.
We do not do ourselves any favors by giving up when the going gets tough. It is when we push through the pain, through the exhaustion, through the darkness, that we make it to the other side. This is where the growth takes place. This is where we discover the true glory of the human spirit.
Our minds, our hearts, our spirits, and most especially our bodies, send us “give up” messages way too early in the game. It is easy to listen to those messages. It is easy to give up, quit, take it easy, look for a short cut. But when we ignore those messages, we press on. We endure. We discover what we are really made of. We discover that we are stronger than we gave ourselves credit for. We discover that we can accomplish more than we expected. And each time we push past that point of exhaustion, our endurance increases, and our strength increases, and our ability to accomplish our goals is multiplied.
And then what? We set higher goals, of course!