“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.” – Walter Elliott
It goes without saying that most things in life require relentless work ethic and desire to “push to the finish line”. You will find some goals are achieved effortlessly while others require more commitment than maybe you expected. All goals can be achieved if you persevere and stay the course. Think about it. When you did encounter a more challenging goal and you did make it happen, what did you do? Quit and give up? No, you kept going. You didn’t let the challenges or obstacles get in your way or get you down. You stuck with it until the very end. Just know that when you persevere you will inevitably make your goal.
I am a living example of someone who never quits or gives up. I have many interests and passions in my life. I am enthusiastically committed to my 27-year passion for competing in long-distance endurance races that consist of ultra triathlons, ultra running races, ultra cycling and snowshoe racing. I am amazed how many people ask me not only why I do these events, but also how do I overcome often overwhelming muscle pain, bad weather or sleep deprivation among other discomforts? They ask, “Why don’t you stop under such great adversity?” I find that an interesting question since I don’t view quitting as an option unless it’s life- threatening situation or a serious injury. How do I do it? I created a mindset in my subconscious that I will not quit no matter what the circumstances, and I apply it to more than just endurance events, but also every goal I set out to achieve.
When you make your goals public it becomes harder to quit. For example, if your competing in a tough event, consider publicizing it on social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, etc., your followers and “tribe” know about it (it’s not about bragging or an ego). Inspire others to do the same, and in due course put a little pressure on you.
Just as in racing, life offers tremendous challenges, and I follow my same personal mantra: “I will persist until I succeed.” Sure there are times when I don’t accomplish the goal just like everyone else, but also I never dwell on it for too long and keep myself busy and work toward the next goal. What do they say: Idle hands are the devil’s play things? When you don’t stay busy on actionable items, you will begin to drift, and the next thing you know you’re back to old habits.
By Wayne Kurtz
Wayne Kurtz is founder of RaceTwitch.com and Endurance Racing Report, he has a lifelong passion for racing in various endurance sport races throughout the world. He is also the author of: ‘Beyond the Iron, a training guide for ultra-distance triathlons.’