Crossing the line is relative…
I read an interesting post on Facebook a few days ago from 2010 and it read:
Often it is harder to cross the starting line than the finish line.
Granted, I wrote it. But, when I saw it again it spoke directly to me. The list I have of things I want to do is long… really long. In contrast, the list of things I started on is incredibly short. Of course, the reasons vary from resources to motivation to fear. And interestingly enough, the first article I wrote on this website was about procrastination.
Why is the line relative?
Everything in life has a starting line. Whether it be a specific time or a specific action, there is a starting line for everything you’ve done and everything that has been done. The question isn’t just, “What’s the first thing I should do?” It has to include, “Is now the right time to start?”
I’m not sure about you, but I’ve had plenty of times when I was trying to do something and felt the world was against me. And, I have had plenty of times where I felt I was doing everything right and nothing was happening for me.
In those times I’ve asked myself, “Is this the right time?”
Why start now?
There are a lot of things we may want to accomplish that require resources or time that we may not have. But there are a lot of times we make excuses about the resources or time we have and use those excuses as a reason not to start.
A friend once told me this story:
“I was at football practice and after the main practice my coach had us do bear crawls. I started my bear crawls but I was exhausted and I went over and told the coach I couldn’t finish them. He looked at me and said, “Imagine a brand new brown leather briefcase. Can you see it? Now imagine in that briefcase is one million dollars. Now I’m telling you that I will give you that briefcase and everything in it if you finish your bear crawls. Would you finish?” And I said, “Absolutely!”
Then coach said to me, “It’s not that you can’t do your bear crawls, it’s that you haven’t found the proper motivation! Now get out of here and finish!”
Now of course that was from football practice so it was a little more intense, I’m sure. But the lesson from that story resonates with me.
Most of the things that we want to start and/or finish just require the right motivation.
That’s an easy thing to say but motivation can be a much harder thing to find. Simon Sinek helped answer that problem with his book, “Start With Why.”
What if I don’t finish?
You will… as long as you find and maintain the motivation, you will finish. If you can start with why you’re doing it, sometimes that is all the motivation you need. When it gets a little challenging along the way, I invite you to read some of the things I use to stay motivated from the article I wrote a few weeks ago.
Even when you hit those road blocks along the way and perhaps you feel like you’ve failed, you can only fail if you quit or take nothing away from your attempts.
Winston Churchill said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
So if ever you have trouble crossing the starting line, consider why you should even start.
Once you’ve started, ride the momentum to the finish line.
If you lose momentum and need motivation, consider the references above.
And if you feel like you’ve flat out failed, remember this:
“I Never Lose. I Either Win or Learn” – Nelson Mandela
Let’s be better; together,