Marathoners will tell you that there is a point at which everything in you – your body, your mind, your heart – is telling you to quit. They call it “the wall” and every runner faces it at one point or another in his running career.
To overcome, to move through the artificial barrier, you must dig deep down and draw on a source of inspiration that enlarges the borders of your tent of possibility.
The human will can be a marvelous and formidable catalyst for progress. Used rightly, it allows you to go where you and possibly no other person, has gone before. Used wrongly it is a powerful tool for destruction, and eventually, for self-destruction.
When you approach the borders of your tent or the limits of your performance or comfort envelope you have a choice to make: carry on or give up. It’s that simple.
This applies to new challenges you face as well as to chronic areas of failure in your experience. If you let a pattern of previous failures stop you, you will be stopped. If not, you have an opportunity to establish a new victory. This new victory is a precedent and a template for future victories.
What or who inspires you to greatness? Is it your faith, your admiration of another, your own determination to serve as a model for others to follow?
Every person, place and thing mentioned in my blog has given me an extra push when I most needed it. I am thankful to the depths of my soul for those who have established a precedent of victory for others, including me, to follow.
I hope that you can take the time to consider and acknowledge those who have deposited trust in you beyond where you have trusted yourself, for in so doing they have rendered you an incredible service.
The Founding Fathers of our Great Nation provide a perfect starting point in this regard. On this 4th of July celebration, my hat goes off to them. They revealed undaunted courage in the face of adversity in a time when the world was hitting “the wall.”
So can you and I.