As I laid on the ground, face firmly planted into the worn out black top, the thought of staying down there never crossed my mind. The embarrassment of falling 20 yards into the 100-meter race was also inconsequential. I just wanted to finish the race, and within seconds, I was back on my feet fighting through pain and a range of emotions to finish the race.
Little did I know that experience as a 5th-grade student at Emmanuel Christian School would become something that defined the rest of my life. I’ve had plenty of other moments where I found myself in a position similar to the one I was in on that spring day 25 years ago.
But, every time I have had a face-in-the-ground moment, the idea of staying there and giving up on the race has never been more significant than the determination to get back up and cross the finish line.
Throughout the years, I’ve come to understand that the real victory is finishing the race, not just running it. There are many things can trip us up, knock us down, and make us even consider staying in that position. No matter how tempting it is to listen to that voice, turn up the volume on the one that is pushing you and reminding you of the reward that awaits you at the finish line.
You’ve come too far to give up on your race. Develop that finish line mindset and get your reward, because victory is within your reach.