Finish lines. 

In my position, a large part of my work will never be done. There will always be more.

There are service projects, weekend retreats, seasonal events, and speaking opportunities that can check off as finished, but the bulk of the work will never be done.

There’s always more students to meet, more parents to connect with and more money to raise.

When I go for a run and don’t know what or where my finish line will be I find myself tired sooner, turning back earlier, and often just bored. There is a time to get lost, to make it up as you go, and to enjoy the journey as it unfolds. It’s just a different experience and I need to determine beforehand if that’s my goal.

A finish line can be anything; destination, distance, calories burned, elevation gained… with phones and wearable technology it’s easy to be creative with what your finish line will be. I’ve put on my shoes and run for a number of “finish lines” including to the market for sugar to bake cookies. Whatever it takes!

When I started my journey to better fitness the larger goal was to lose 40lbs before turning 40, but I achieved that (and then some) by setting a few smaller goals. (More about that later)

Many people fail in life, not for lack of ability or brains or even courage, but simply because they have never organised their energies around a goal.

– Elbert Hubbard

Setting personal and organizational goals, and running for something, creates a sense of closure or completion to pieces of life.

We need something to move towards.

My next finish line is at the end of the Frankfurt Marathon. It’s my first marathon and after 1400 km so far in 2017, I’m still not sure I’m ready. The goal is to keep going, to continue to move toward the finish line no matter what.


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