Running Away From Your Problems Is A Race You’ll Never Win……
In March of 1987, Eamon Coughlan was running in a qualifying heat at the World Indoor Track Championship in Indianapolis. The Irishman was the reigning world record – holder at fifteen hundred meter, and he was favored to win the race easily. Unfortunately, with two and a half laps left to run, he was tripped and fell hard. Even so, he got up, and with great effort, he managed to catch the race leaders. With only twenty yards to go, he was in third place, which would have been good enough to qualify for the final race.
Then Couglan looked over his shoulder to the inside. Seeing no one there, he relaxed his effort slightly. What he hadn’t noticed, however, was that a runner was charging hard on the outside. This runner passed Couglan just a year before the finish line, thus eliminating him from the finals.
Coughlan’s great comeback effort ended up being worthless for one and only one reason: he momentarily took his eyes off the finish line and focused on the would – be competitors instead.
One of the most important factors in reaching your goals in life is to have single – minded focus. Don’t let yourself become distracted by what others do or say. Run your race to win!!
I Have Fought A Good Fight, I Have Finished My Course, I Have Kept The Faith…
“If The People really Set Their Minds
It Is Impossible To Prevent Their getting
What They Want.”- Henry Ford
Henry Ford was once asked,” How can I become a successful person?”
Ford replied,” If you start something, finish it!”
Ford learned this lesson early in his career. When he began work on his first automobile, he worked many long but exciting hours in a little brick building behind his home. Such enthusiasm overtook him that he found it hard to take time out to eat or sleep. Before he had completed his first car, however, he became acutely aware that he could build an even better car.
He was so sure of the need for improvements that the thrill and enthusiasm for his car began to lessen. Why spend all that time finishing a car that he already knew was inferior? Still, something inside him forced him to continue – to focus his total energy on the first car and finish what he had started – before he allowed himself to fantasize about a second car.
As it turned out, Ford said he learned even more about to improve the second car by finishing every detail of his original car. If he had given in to the temptation to quit building the first car, he may never have made any car at all.
Many people strive to be perfectionists, but the completionists usually accomplished more in life.
Finished last’ will always be better than ‘Did not finish’, which always trumps ‘Did not start.’