The end of a race is usually the most challenging. The struggle typically begins around mile 11. It’s at this point in the race that my body starts cramping up, and I start thinking about the man-sized meal I will consume after the race. Around mile 12 I start asking myself why I signed up for the race in the first place, and running through my list of power songs that I know will keep me turnt up until I cross the finish line. By the time I get half way through mile 12 my main goal is to keep my head in the race. With every stride I try my best to block out thoughts of hopping into the nearest uber or walking to the finish line. At this point I am also usually battling with my very often irrational thoughts of why I cannot complete the race. The end of the race is tough! However, I have come to realize that the feeling I get after crossing the finish line is one that makes the struggle at the end of the race seem worth it. What I have also come to realize is that the end of the race is a metaphor for so many of the situations we face in life.
I am currently in the midst of completing my doctoral program, and if I am being completely honest I must admit that it is starting to feel very similar to the end of a race. I’m tired, and most days all I can think about is everything I will be able to do when I am done (like sleep for eight hours a night, read for pleasure, travel, or sit on my couch and stare into space without the dark cloud of unfinished work looming over my head). I have even found myself wondering why I enrolled in the program in the first place, and as a result I am constantly searching for a motivational text, song, or quote that will get me through the day.
My journey is not unique. You may also be at the end of a turbulent journey or in the midst of a major life change. I want to encourage you by simply saying, YOU GOT THIS! Although it may feel like you are far from the finish line, and you may be experiencing pain or battling thoughts that have the potential to sabotage your progress, you are more than capable of making it through. The Launching Legends team is cheering for you from the sidelines. Just do whatever you need to do to keep your head in the game until you make it to the finish line.
If you have been following us you know that in the beginning of the month we pledged to make the #Next90 days legendary. You can read about the importance of making a decision, committing to a goal, and creating a habit here. I have committed to completing my doctoral dissertation in the #Next90 days. What are you planning to accomplish? I would love to hear about your goals. Let me know by commenting below or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s rock it out together.
I’ll leave you with the lyrics of one of my favorite Power songs!
“In this race that we run you gotta have endurance 'cause it’s a marathon. I was born sho 'nuff to win in pursuit with faith until the end. I’m going to have a strong finish!”