He who would go a hundred miles should consider ninety-nine as halfway. – Japanese Proverb
The last little bit of any endeavor can be challenging. When you move, the last few boxes of “stuff” seem to be the hardest. When you are taking a test, the last few questions are mentally tiring. When you are exercising, the last 5 minutes can be exhausting. When you are driving home from a long day at work, the last few miles can cause impatience. The moments before completing difficult tasks can feel like pushing through mud. Every step seems to be a struggle.
I get through these times by focusing on the task right in front of me. I don’t think about what I have left. I think about what I need to do right this very moment. If I start thinking about how much I have left and what needs to be done for completion, I start to slow down.
The best example for me is exercising. Even though I feel good when I have a regular exercise routine, I still find it hard to maintain. So, this year, I’m trying something new. And that is focusing on the one exercise I’m doing at the moment, not the 15 I have left. I’m finding by concentrating on the activity I’m performing in the moment, time seems to fly by and I do the exercise better. I only look ahead to make sure I’m on track, but I quickly refocus my attention on what I’m doing.
I know this is not a new way of thinking for many people, but it is for me. It seems to be working so far; 35 days of regular exercise. I’ve started another 30 day program.
The funny thing is that I typically applied this type of thinking to other areas of my life, but never exercise. Hmmmmm. I guess there is no time like now to change.