I am continually amazed at some professional athletes who seem to be completely out of the picture but somehow come roaring back to victory. They find that second wind. That burst of energy that gets the momentum completely turned around. From being counted out to celebrating victory. They get into the zone when it counts the most. I have noticed that in my own life. But, I think the key is just giving it a little more just when you want to quit.
Sometimes that extra five minutes you give to your project, work out, homework, etc., after you’ve decided to quit kicks you into a strange new gear. Or, perhaps its one more rep, another call or making another appointment. This doesn’t happen all of the time, and if it doesn’t, you really haven’t lost a thing. Just quit after those last 5 or 10 minutes. BUT….it happens enough to really surprise you that you had so much more to give, and you had energy left you didn’t know you had. You thought you were too tired to go on. But that was just a thought. You don’t have to believe your thought. A thought is just a thought.
Just go back to that project, workout or homework, look at the clock and tell yourself, 5 or 10 minutes, that’s all. It’s amazing the great places the mind can go in that short of time. This reminds me of William James when he said, ” Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second. Give your dreams all you’ve got and you’ll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you”.