I hesitated but I never quit; I stopped but I never quit
Today, it told me to go running. It usually reminds me an hour in advance. This way I have an hour to stop whatever I’m doing. Unfortunately, it also gives me an hour to talk myself out of running.
During that hour today, I was determined that I would go running. Then I looked outside and the clouds were dark. I thought, “oh great!”
But I was determined. After all, it wasn’t actually raining.
A few moments later…what do I hear? Is that rain? Yes, it is.
I guess I’m done. It rained for maybe 10 minutes, just enough to make the roads wet.
Now, you can look at this two ways: barely wet or barely dry…kind of like the half full or half empty cup.
I had my excuse to not run and I almost used it. This is where I hesitated…but I never quit.
Because I hopped on the scale this morning and did not like what I saw. I told myself I would change it. I had a flashback to the morning and remembered my words. That’s when I decided to push forward.
The path to change begins with the first step.
So I got ready and went outside to begin my run. It was still raining a little when I walked outside but I was not about to turn back.
I stretched and began my run. I had my music playing…I cannot run without my music. I actually like running because it gives me time to really think. I always feel like my thoughts are clearer. Plus, if I can get lost in my thoughts, the run is over before I even know it.
This was a 3 mile journey with inclines and declines. There is one hill that is always a beast to climb. Today was no different.
I put my best effort towards it, but once my lower back tightened up, I had to walk and even that was difficult. It got to a point where I even had to stop walking due to discomfort.
I wasn’t half-way at this point so it would have been easier for me to turn around and go home…but where is the victory in that? Sure, you can say it was a victory for me to even start but I wanted to complete it.
So, I had stopped. I bent over and stretched my back in an effort to release the tension. This is when I stopped…but I never quit.
By running and walking, I made it to the top of that hill!
My back was still bothering me so I ran (and walked occasionally) the remainder of the trail. It wasn’t a perfect run by any means, but I’m proud of my commitment to complete it…and I wanted to share it with you.
I was actually able to push through and sprint the last stretch of the run.
In business and in life, we all face challenges and obstacles. At times, I may hesitate. Other times, I may stop. But I will never quit! My heart won’t allow me to.
If you feel the same, keep pushing through those challenges and obstacles in your business and life…until you achieve success!
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