The Very Last Mile

2 Sep

Life is full of challenges that teach us and sometimes push us to our limits. They may come from decisions we make, and may happen without any influence from us. If we decide to train and run a marathon, on the day of the race, we may feel jubilant and eager for the test. As we begin, the first few miles may fly by. We feel strong and powerful, and look ahead, anticipating success. But as the miles pass, and we continue to push, we may tire and our muscles may begin to ache. We may feel exhausted, and find it hard to keep our focus on the road ahead. As we approach the last phase of the race, we may begin to wonder if we can make it to the finish line. We don’t learn how strong and capable we are during the first mile of any race. Our resilience and determination are defined by how we manage and complete the very last mile. When all our reserves are spent, when our vision is dimmed by sweat and fatigue, and lifting our foot one more time takes everything we have, we discover how committed we are. If we really want to reach the goal, nothing can keep us from it, but that doesn’t mean attaining success will be easy. We may have to pull from deep within and reach for every gift we possess to get there. When the road is long, and the journey has been hard, we may think about quitting. Of course, we are always in control of our lives and can change course at any time. However, if the goal is important to us, we can do whatever is necessary to make it ours. We already possess everything we need to do anything we desire. We can jump any hurdle, solve any problem, and continue forward until we gain the prize. Every single dream is possible, and with patience, endurance, and determination, we can make them ours.

When we must conquer something difficult that draws a lot out of us, we may get overwhelmed. Nobody has unlimited personal resources, and we’re all going to run out of steam at some point. When we’re exhausted and worn out, it’s hard to see all the options before us. We can be dedicated, but we need not push ourselves beyond what we can handle. By managing our time effectively, and planning carefully, we can continue forward, taking the time we need to recharge and find our way to the goal.

Some goals are very hard to achieve. They may be complex and take a long time. The excitement at the beginning helps us get a good start, but when problems arise again and again, and the road gets dark and seems endless, we may lose our passion for the prize. We never have to continue on any road we don’t want. If the goal is too much for us right now, we can set it aside and wait until our situation changes and try again. There will be endless chances to reach success. We can do anything we desire, and reach every destination.

Today if you’ve been pushing toward a goal for a long time, and are weary from the struggle, take a step back and look at all the possibilities available. Take the break you need to refresh yourself, and return toward success. You are stronger and more capable than you realize, and nothing is beyond your reach. Be confident, and move forward. Every destination is there for you, and you will prevail.

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