In February 2013 I started working on endurance. At first I started on the treadmill just walking. I needed to build up time first–walk longer, faster, harder. Then I worked on trying to run for 30 seconds, then one minute and one day I ended up running for over 5 minutes straight. Did I feel like I was going to fall off? Of course, but I hung in there. By the end of February I was on the pavement and like they say, once you hit the pavement, it’s somewhat addictive. I couldn’t believe I actually enjoyed running, but I guess it was on my Someday Goals List for a reason.
Let’s talk about endurance. Consider the definition:
Endurance: the ability or strength to continue or last, especially despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions; stamina: He has amazing physical endurance. (Dictionary.com Unabridged)
What does this post have to do with books, writing or life? Plenty.
Endurance is something that needs to be part of the things in your life that seem difficult or impossible. Are you writing your first book or screenplay? Do you want to go back to school to get the degree you never earned? Open a business? Endure! Push through until the end. Don’t give up. When I wrote my first book, I wanted to quit in the middle of it. In fact, I did because I felt like I couldn’t go on. I was done. Through. Kaput. But one day I decided to pray and fast and ask for God’s help getting through until the end, and he answered my prayer. I was finally able to say THE END and it felt good.
When I am running, I try to look right in front of me, kinda at the ground. If I look too far ahead, I begin to doubt if I can make it that far. When you’re writing, studying, whatever it is that you are trying to accomplish, take it one step, one word, one course at a time.
One step at a time is what keeps me going. If I look up and see the rest of the Run For God group waaaaay down the street, I get frustrated. Sometimes I stop and walk–sometimes I just tell myself, Daphine, they’re ahead of you but you never thought you’d be out here in the first place. Keep going, girl! I really do talk to myself when I’m out there. I don’t care if I’m running alone or running next to/in front/behind someone in the group. Sometimes I yell out, Jesus, HELP ME! Sometimes I say PUSH, girl! But I’m talking to myself. I am the only one responsible for me. Only I can accomplish the goals I set for myself. I need to push. I need to cross the finish line on June 22, 2013. I need to endure.
Talk to yourself. Encourage yourself to endure.
Endurance wins the race.
Win yours–whatever it is.