This post marks 25 out of my 30 blog posts in 60 days. As of right now, I’ve published 19 out of 30 videos, and there are still 10 days left in the month. I had a pretty good momentum going, up until a few days ago. I just about sabotaged my own success.
I recognize all the symptoms. I’ve seen them before. I can see the finish line. It’s not really that far ahead. But the last stretch is often the hardest, and the temptation to give up is strong. Since I can see the finish line, my mind starts telling me that I don’t HAVE to finish, because I know I COULD finish. Just knowing I COULD do it is enough, right?
Those who succeed go all the way through the finish line. They don’t give up right before the end.
This feeling often comes up for me when life gets a little challenging, and its not necessarily easy to keep my commitment. It’s hard, or overwhelming, so part of me wants to give up. One of the most memorable incidents for me was my last semester of University. I was taking three of the most difficult and work intensive classes of my degree all at the same time so I wouldn’t have to stay an extra year in school. I was also getting married and planning to move to a different country. I wanted to go hide in a hole, to become a hermit, to run off with my fiancee and not look back. I had made it this far, I had done really well in school, and I knew I had what it took to graduate with my degree. I didn’t really need to torture myself by doing all this work, did I?
Of course I did. Because if I had quit that close to the end, I would never have forgiven myself. And I’m feeling a bit like that now. I’m stressed, I’m a bit overwhelmed, and the thought of writing 5 more posts and creating 10 more videos in the next 10 days is a little daunting. And there’s not even a prize or certificate at the end! So why am I doing this again?
Because I made a commitment. I said I would do it. I took up the challenge. And I would regret it if I gave up now, this close to the end. I would be sending a message to myself and to the Universe that I do not keep my word. And that is something that is VERY important to me. So I’m sticking it out, I’m going the distance. It may not be easy, but I am going to go THROUGH the finish line. I refuse to sabotage my success by quitting.
What are you working on right now that is not coming easy for you? What are you considering giving up on? Take my hand, and let’s go through the finish line together.