Unstoppable Determination- The Missing Key?

Unstoppable determination could be the missing key to achieving your goals.

How determined are you to reach your goals?  Are you so determined that nothing can make you quit?  Or, do seemingly unmovable obstacles cause you to lose heart and let up on your efforts?

A key factor in overcoming obstacles and reaching your goals is having the discipline and determination to not quit when you hit the wall.

A favorite illustration of mine is one I read about an athletic term called, “hitting the wall.”  In the book footnoted below, the author used the illustration to refer to a person who is making good progress through life and then hit by severe financial trouble, failure, or sickness.  You are stopped cold in your tracks. However,
when faced with seemingly unmovable obstacles, it is not the time
to quit in defeat.  Here is the author’s description of “hitting the wall:”

Ask any athlete.  He’s pushed his body to what seems to be the maximum…And just when he felt like he couldn’t go on, he’s heard some coach yell, “Come on!  Move it!”  Athletes call that “hitting the wall.”  It’s a time when the body says, “That’s it.  That’s all I can do…I quit.”  But a seasoned athlete knows that “the wall” isn’t the end.  It’s a signal that he’s on the verge of a breakthrough.  If he’ll toughen up and push himself a little more, he’ll get a second wind.  Suddenly…he’ll reach a level of excellence he couldn’t have reached any other way…It will only take one breakthrough like that to make a never-dying, never quitting champion out of you. (1)

This past week and a half, we were on a long overdue – by about 2 yrs – vacation.  I decided to swim 50 laps in the hotel pool each day.  I noticed each day, particularly noticeable the first day, that the first 20 laps were the most difficult.  My lungs didn’t seem to want to adjust to the change in humidity.  I decided to keep going anyway and then, suddenly, it became easier. 

What appears to be logic is not always the case in reaching your goals.

This thought is not to encourage carelessness or thoughtlessness.  Rather, it seemed logical that the last 30 laps would be the most difficult, the most exhausting.  If I would have gone by logic, I wouldn’t have even tried to meet that goal and go past the first 20 laps.  Yet, just like the illustration in the book, after the struggle of the first 20 laps there came a second wind and the goal became easier.  This realization brought back to mind what I had read a year ago so I wanted to share it with you.

If you feel like you have “hit the wall” in your career or family goals, health, etc., now is not the time to quit.  The wall may be the signal that a breakthrough is near; keep on in your unstoppable determination and get that second wind!

1. Faith to Faith, May 1st post, K.Copeland

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