The Finish Line Is A Glory-Hog

Credit JiteshJagadish on Flickr
Credit JiteshJagadish on Flickr

The finish line gets all the glory.

Crowds gather at the end of a race with blankets, signs and Gatorade, ready to crown the winner with a laurel wreath. Celebrities show up at awards galas to nominate and congratulate each other on lofty achievements. Local TV news stories are produced about the amazing achievements of small town heroes.

The finish line is a glory-hog;  but in reality it shouldn’t be.

Finishing is great, but starting is harder.

Getting up off the couch after a lifetime of Doritos and reality TV and deciding to jog around the block, knowing full well that you probably won’t make it all the way, takes determination. Taking the plunge during your 7th grade play and stepping on stage for the first time, even though some of your friends will probably laugh at you, takes real courage. Deciding that the best way to start spending your Saturdays is helping at the local homeless shelter instead of going out with friends takes a serious change of heart.

The finish line can motivate us, but will it’s ever distant promises sustain us? Usually not.

Do you daydream about a big goal that you hope to achieve, someday? Have you put it on your New Year’s resolution list year after year only to find it unattained time and time again? Then you know how important the start is.

If we don’t jump in with both feet and start moving towards our goal then day dreams of glory at the finish line are just that- daydreams.

Stop dreaming and start doing. Take a small step in the right direction and then just keep going.

No matter what.

Starting is what really matters. We need to celebrate it more often.