Sunday, May 31, 2009

Giving up

Every task at hand given to you, is a challenge or test. And when you are handed that task, the first outlook at it seems to be impossible. Especially when you are loaded with too much burden on your shoulders.

For example, you are winded, out of breath, the sweat drips profusely down your face, you are breathing heavily and your legs feels heavy. In the distant you hear your physical trainer screaming, "You see that hill, let's see what is up there!" And in your head you go "Whaaattt?..... You have got to be kidding me" and the next thing you know, he just past by you and turns to you, jogging backwards, shouting "Come on. There's a nice view up there".

What do you do next?
1. Hell no way! I like the view here just fine
2. Let me sit down first.
3. Errrr... okayyyy
4. Ok, I'm coming
5. Bring it!

You see how many words can sum up an excuse and you just need just two words or even one word to get your body and mind moving.

The human mind can generate millions of excuses for not doing one thing but it just takes a few words to push one to do it. Amazing isn't it. Just look at Nike. The slogan is a 3 letter word "Just Do It". Simple words and when you tell yourself that, you move like a machine. Now imagine your boss saying that to you 'JuST DO IT!". How much of those words resonates through your body and you hasten yourself to get the job done.

Sometimes people need a push to get them up and running. For it is true, if you don't do it, it will never get done.

US President Barack Obama, during his presidential election race, stood by the words "Change" but he emphasised on the words "WE can change!". If you want your country to change, you have to make the change yourself. Most people do not realise the potential they have and are hesitant to take that challenge.

Personally, many at times, when I run, in between runs I feel like giving up. I feel like stopping. I feel like I can always do better another day. But what if you can't stop, or there won't be another day. What if that day itself IS your last day you will ever enjoy running.... would you stop?

We Singaporeans are a pampered lot. Admit it. We have a running public transport system, we have food available everywhere, water running in our homes, electricity to turn on our tv, PC, iron, etc.. We have almost everything. All the amenities you need are within reach. And yet, people give a lot of excuses for not being able to get things done. Yes I agree time is a luxury we do not have, then that is where we have to learn time management. Thinking ways to resolve a problem is the first step of NOT giving up.

It all comes to YOU. YOU have to make that change. YOU have to change your mindset. YOU can do it!

"God does not change the condition of the people until they change themselves."
Ar-rad: Chp 13, verse 11

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