Bringing the finish line into in your mind long before you get started is what drives you through the adversities you will likely face along the way.
Not everyone loves a physical challenge. Yet, I am certain everyone likes a good challenge — a puzzle, a word game, a new recipe, even an intelligent debate. There is a different level of energy engaging in an activity that tests our mind, our bodies or both. I am pretty confident most people enjoy activities that stimulate, challenge, or test them.If you are like me, you probably love a good physical challenge. I enjoy testing, pushing, and extending myself to tackle a daunting physical task. Taking myself to a new level that tests my limits is big part of my life.
Almost no one relishes the challenges associated with life’s adversities. We usually don’t register or sign-up to get fired, become seriously ill, or struggle with a relationship problem. These challenges are rarely fun or enjoyable. And, they often aren’t easily solved or managed in a day or two.
Both types of challenges have two striking similarities. While testing and challenging us, we have a tremendous opportunity to learn from them. And, envisioning ourselves at the end of the finish line — real or imagined — is what keeps us moving forward.
When caught up in the storm of our unplanned, less desired adversity our instinctive response is survival. The task at hand is to simply get through the day and figure out what to do next to solve or deal with the problem. The survival instinct is deeply embedded in our own human nature.
Getting to the finish line in any situation requires some visual understanding or expectation to what the finish line looks like. Imagine the finish line. Imagine yourself feeling and celebrating the experience of crossing that finish line. Imagine the excitement, the joy, and the satisfaction of arriving at that celebratory place. When you bring your finish line into focus, your ability to push, persevere, and keep moving is greatly enhanced.
Today’s struggles take time, energy, effort and determination. Sometimes finding the strength to put one foot in front of the other is very difficult. When you know what success and accomplishment looks and feels like — taking those steps and making that effort has purpose. Create a vision of your celebration and you will get there!