When nearing the completion of a race or project – when you have the finish line in sight there is both a sense of euphoria and desperation. When we used to run, what was then called the 440, we had the urge to look back at our opponents to see how close they were but we knew coach said to keep our eyes on the prize – the finish line. If you were behind, you had that sense of desperation that no matter how hard you pushed your opponent was pushing just as hard, if not harder. The reality is that we are often our worst enemy.
Richard Nixon once said, “Defeat doesn’t finish a man, quit does. A man is not finished when he’s defeated. He’s finished when he quits.” No matter what you think of him, he is right. I used to tell my kids, “Finish Strong – leave it all on the floor.” The race we run is a race within ourselves and against ourselves. We are the biggest challenge and greatest opportunity. Today you can make a difference. Today is worth having – keep your focus on that which matters most. “And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1. Don’t compare yourself to others, don’t let the inner voice of defeat win out – it is finishing well that matters most – that IS winning.