I once heard a marathon runner explain that often, runners feel that they don’t have the endurance to make it to the finish line. So you know what they do? They pick a close goal, a traffic light or a tree up ahead, and they focus on that. They say, maybe I can’t go another 5 miles, but I can make it to that corner.
What’s the one thing you want to achieve and feel that you can’t?
Take it on. Just get started.
Pick one detail and focus on that, and then move on to the next one.
You’ll get there.
~ R’ Tzvi Sytner
Would the marathon runner be satisfied if he reached his small goal but couldn’t get any further?
Depends on the person and his goals, but the point here is that in order to reach his ultimate goal, he focuses on short-term goals. Sometimes we look at a task and get overwhelmed and don’t start it. For instance, Daf Yomi is a 7.5 year cycle of learning a page of gemara each day. If one has never done it, it is scary. What one should do it is just start and try to do it it for 1 week or ever 1 day. Focus on the short-term goals and eventually, he will make it to the finish line.
Min Hashamayim you chose this quote on the day the Israeli Athletic team wins Gold at the European Championship…in the Marathon! https://olympics.com/en/news/richard-ringer-aleksanda-lisowska-european-marathon-titles
Wow, that is amazing! Thanks