Don’t Let “The Wall” Take You Out of the Race

Boom! You hit the wall.

Like a trained marathon runner, after breaking inertia and struggling through the first few miles of your “race”, you had reached your cruising speed and were leaping forward at a steady pace. All you needed to do is maintain your momentum and you would achieve your goal.

But out of nowhere, boom! You hit the wall. You begin to lose strength and steam. Suddenly, you’re not so sure you’re going to make it to the finish line. It’s not that you don’t want to. But you’re no longer convinced that you have what it takes to finish the race.

Now, you wonder why you embarked on this journey in the first place. What were you thinking when you made that “reckless” decision? You start to worry that your goal might be compromised.

To quit, or not to quit, that is the question.

You still have a long way to go, but you’re too far to let go. You have to make it, but you have no more energy to move your feet. You’re too far to give up, but you feel like falling down. You’re too tired to move forward, but you can’t afford to go backward.

You just hit the wall. That’s it. The wall: the moment when you feel you’ve given it all you’ve got, and everything in you wants to quit, but you know quitting isn’t the right thing to do.

The way you’re feeling isn’t rare. In fact, it’s fairly common.

Anytime, you pursue a great goal, expect to hit the wall. Achieving a great goal is more like a marathon than a spring. And as it is with any significant journey, there are times you feel your goal is in jeopardy and you wonder if you’ll ever cross the finish line.

Don’t be afraid of the wall; as I said, expect it—and prepare for it. You may not know when you’ll hit it, but you can be sure you will. You’re not the first and you’re not the last.

You must know this so that when you hit the wall, you don’t panic and abandon the journey when there’s really no need to. Decide that you won’t let the wall get the best of you.

Reconnect with your “Why”: remember why you launched on the journey in the first place. Remember the benefits of reaching your destination. Remember all that is at stakes. And push through.

If you keep putting one foot in front of the other consistently—even if only at a much slower speed—soon, something miraculous will happen. Whoosh! You’ll get a second wind. And you’ll be back on track.