I went running in the woods on the 2.5 mile loop that I love. I was hoping to reach the very sedative yet meditative state that one reaches after prolonged physical activity, but my brain was thinking overtime par usual. I decided to run the loop twice and by my fourth mile I was getting a bit fatigued as I began my battle against the steepest hill of the trail. As I began my ascent up the monster of an incline, I noticed a very inviting bench off to the side. Maybe I should sit down for just a minute…
I debated the idea as I slowly approached what at this moment took on the appearance of a comfy recliner. There was only one mile left to go. If I sat down for even a minute, it would take a lot longer to get to the end. Though that hard wooden bench looked really great right about now, another thought occurred to me: if I walked really slow, I would get a little bit of a break and I would still get to the end of the trail sooner than I would if I took a break by benching it.
“And the other 5% die trying?” He interrupted.
“No, lol. Well…maybe, but at least 2% them succeed. ”
This “break” a lot of the time ends up being the permanent route. Sometimes, it is easier to tell yourself that what you are striving for is impossible than to keep pursuing your goal despite constant rejection and doors slamming shut in your face. Just slowing your pace is good enough as long as you keep heading in the desired direction. If you are feeling like giving up before you’ve even come close to your goal, perhaps you are putting to much pressure on yourself. It is best to stay focused yet more relaxed about achieving your goal.
In the end I was glad that I didn’t take a break. Every time I’ve passed the bench since, I scoff at the idea of stopping and continue to plod up the hill with more renewed energy than before.