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How do you want to finish?

“When you come to the end of all the light you know, and it’s time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: Either you will be given something solid to stand on or you will be taught to fly.” — Edward Teller

The hardest race I ever ran was a half marathon that finished up a hill. There was  nothing about the race on the surface that made it especially hard.  Perfect weather, great conditions, great energy.  With one mile to go I felt great.  Then with 500 yards to go, I started to walk.

The problem was I couldn’t see the finish line.  I was tired, running uphill, so close to the end but unable to see my final destination.  

Even though I knew I was close, I let my feelings of exhaustion and doubt overtake me.  
It didn’t matter that the crowds were increasing, that I’d passed the last aid station a couple miles back that I had plenty of evidence the finish line just ahead.  I couldn’t see it.  A hard left turn 100 yards from the finish created a visual barrier between the race and the finish. I let one turn, 100 yards in front of me, cause doubt.

So I gave up.  Just before I got to the end I gave in.

I didn’t trust myself enough to know that I could finish.  I didn’t trust my body enough to carry me through.  Doubt overcame me.  It was hard.  I couldn’t see an end.  So I walked.  Then I turned the corner, there it was.  Right in front of me.  Just out of site, but so, so, close at hand.

What made it so hard was that I knew in my heart of hearts I could choose to finish strong.  Yet I gave in because I didn’t have the physical evidence I wanted to carry me though. I wasn’t able to visualize and feel the finish before I saw it.  Couldn’t trust myself enough to just hold on and finish no matter how close I was.

What barriers are standing in your way of a perfect finish in some aspect of your life?  Can you see past them?  Take a few minutes, step back and feel yourself crossing the finish line.  Really feel the relief, excitement, joy – whatever it is.  Hold that feeling and then ask yourself how you want to get there.  How do you want the last 100 yards to go down?  Run those last yards, up that hill, the same way you ran the first 12 miles.  One step in front of the other. Then Relax, and Enjoy the Unfolding.

“To travel hopefully is better than arriving.” derived from Robert Louis Stevenson via Jeanette Maw at Good Vibe University


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