Life is a marathon, not a sprint…I’m not that into cliche sayings, but it fits for my current thoughts.
I equally love and hate running. It hurts…but it hurts so good. I’m the type of person who prefers to run on the street instead of a treadmill or track. When I choose the latter two, I can stop whenever I get tired. Running on the street forces me to complete the run…if I get there, I have to get back. The feeling of accomplishment when I turn the corner of my street to end my run always makes the fatigue, burning lungs, and aching muscles worth it.
I’m a procrastinator. I begin many things and oftentimes don’t finish them. I have many ideas, but tend to be too lazy to put in the work to implement them. Sometimes my ideas are so big that they intimidate me, so I don’t even try. I doubt myself often, and my ability to do things that other people will deem worthy. The approval of others (or lack thereof) both hold me back and pushes me forward depending on the circumstances.
I’m very talented at many things (shameless horn tooting). There really is no reason I haven’t accomplished more, other than I start things with a sprinter’s mentality. I can’t even sprint in real life…I mean I could for a very short amount of time…but isn’t that the point of sprinting. Who’s sprinting for prolonged periods of time? Tangent…The point is, I recognize that I’ve been needing to approach things from a marathon mindset. I’ll start something…I’ve started many things, wanting to hurry up and get it over with so that I could bask in the success of my results. Nah…not exactly how things work. My impatience in the process is what hinders me. I’m very “I want the results and I want them now!” Except, life is not a JG Wentworth commercial.
My newest endeavor has been painting. I never went into painting thinking I’d make a business of it. The response has been a bit overwhelming, and in true Nesse fashion, I actually put it on hold for a while due to the intimidation. Over the past few weeks I’ve done more than I ever thought I would, and everyday I have to motivate myself to keep going. One step at a time. One day at a time. Task by task…I’m actually doing this. I understand the work that needs to be done, and am equally excited and nervous about doing it. This is a marathon, I could attempt to sprint, but I won’t last. I want to last. I want to win. I have goals, and still more goals to make as I check others off the list as completed.
I encourage anyone reading this who is like me, and have a hard time getting things done…whether it be losing those 20 lbs or starting that business, writing that book (I still need to illustrate mine) or going back to school (also me), it’s a marathon. Focus on your stamina and being able to maintain throughout the entire process. Be patient. Keep working. It’s not about how fast you can make it happen, but how long you can last while producing and maintaining good results. Godspeed…