Managing our Will in Tough Financial Times

Will Power CroppedYou wouldn’t know it by looking at me now but when I was a kid I used to be pretty fast.  I was not blazing by any stretch, but I ran a respectable quarter mile (54.5 was my best time).  The quarter mile is the race that separates the men from the boys.  One time around the track as fast as your little legs would carry you.  It tests a lot of things but especially your will power. The first part of the race is navigating the opening curve.  Your legs are fresh and your adrenaline is pumping so it’s pretty easy.  The backstretch is pretty boring and even though you are not tired there is a temptation to step off the track in the and walk straight out to the bus.  By the last curve, you are starting to feel it but there is something about being almost done and the curvature of the track that this part is kind of fun.  Then you find yourself staring down the final straightaway.  You can finally see the finish line and out of nowhere a 100 pound gorilla jumps on your back.  Your legs are burning.  Your lungs are exploding. And your mind screams at you to stop.  By this phase of the race I used to look down occasionally at my legs to make sure they were still moving.  The only thing that moves you forward is the will to finish what you started.  The key to managing the will in the quarter mile is to not look at the track, or the crowd or even your own physical capabilities but you must look at the finish line. Continue reading “Managing our Will in Tough Financial Times”