Today I decided to ride my bike to the library as a way to get some exercise and get some needed work done. On the way there I realized two things:
1. It was super cold and I probably should have worn more layers and gloves. I couldn’t feel my hands any longer.
2. Even though I had biked to the library before, this was the hardest ride I EVER had. The wind was incredibly strong.
So naturally I wanted to give up halfway there. My hands felt as if they would fall off, my lungs burned from exertion, and I was going so slow I thought I would never make it. I came really really close to calling it quits.
But I didn’t.
The thing was… I was already halfway there. To stop where I was and turn around would mean I would be going the same distance except instead of getting to my destination, I would end up right back where I started.
So I kept going. I made it to the library, albeit much later than I wanted to, but I ended up being able to put two hours of great work in at the library and I got my exercise.
So many times we want to give up when we are halfway there. We get so far out, realize this task is really really hard, then give up and turn back around.
Don’t turn back around!
You are so close and there is a reward waiting on the other side. Even if you fail at least you are at a new destination instead of right back where you were before.