One Foot In Front Of The Other

onefootinfrontoftheotherThe Western States 100 Endurance Run which started out as a 24 hour horse race was first ran on foot by Gordy Ainsleigh in 1974. In the movie Unbreakable: The Western States 100, there is a great short segment interviewing Gordy about his first run of that distance. In the interview Gordy explains just how tough the race was for him and how exhausted he was. He details that it basically came down to him making the decision for every step he needed to finish to “just take one more step.” Gordy did that and finished the entire 100 miles in 23 hours and 42 minutes, without a horse! And that is how the modern sport of ultradistance trail running came to be.

The same thing that happened to Gordy can happen to any of us in the pursuit of a goal or dream especially if it is one that does not happen over night and takes a bit longer. Discouragement, fatigue, lack of motivation… they all creep in at one time of the other but the important thing to do is to decide to take that next step, put one foot in front of the other and keep going.

Building this business to help others is definitely a long drawn out process, very much like an ultramarathon and that is exactly how I view it. Right now I do not have all of the pieces in place that I would like, everyday there is more to get done, and some days I feel like I am losing ground rather than gaining it. There are days where I don’t make all of the calls I need to or get all of the writing done that I wanted. At the end of days like those, I need to make some sort of peace with that. When I reconcile it to myself I remind myself that this is a long race, not a sprint, and as long as I am doing something everyday to propel me in the direction that I want to go, or where I dream of being, that is okay. Did I fill my day by  taking those next steps?

Never leave the day with things undone if you can. It comes down to persistence. Persist until you succeed. Always take that next step. If it does not get you to the finish line that you have envisioned for the task or for yourself, then take another. Never end the day with a failure. Take that next step to build your momentum for tomorrow.

The road to success and goal achievement can be a long and tiring journey. When it gets tough just ask yourself what you can do to keep going. Just take one more step and put one foot in front of the other until you reach your success.

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – Certified Life Coach – Aspen, Colorado

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  1. Thanks man, after reading your blogs.. I acatully applied to a new internal posting.. and got an interview next week as well!!! thx for the motivating posts before.. 🙂


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