Vail Daily column: Pushing past the finish line |

Vail Daily column: Pushing past the finish line

Have you ever been on a long hike or maybe a good run or walk where you know you are getting close to the finish and you either slow down to ease through the end? Have you ever become even more energized and powered through the finish line?

Maybe you have experienced this same feeling at work or in other situations and projects. You know that feeling right? That feeling when we have been working hard at something or for someone and we are nearing the point of frustration and perhaps even exhaustion. The feeling of quitting or giving up is palpable and could temporarily make things so much easier on us if we could just stop right where we are.

Then that other feeling kicks in, that feeling of pride and resilience. This is when the expectation of winning intensifies and takes over. We know that if we can just push past the finish line, we will feel a greater sense of accomplishment. So we dig in deeper to find the energy and strength to complete our workout or our project, and we end the race the way we know we want to finish.


You have it in you. You are so close. Don’t stop. Don’t quit. Push yourself past the finish line.

Now we may be tired, spent and completely drained, but the gratification that comes with pushing through and pushing past the obstacles and hurdles that were in front of us only makes the victory that much sweeter.

Recently, many of you have reached out and shared your life stories with me, and I greatly appreciate those conversations and email exchanges. Some of you are feeling pushed and pulled in multiple directions, and for others things seem to be slipping through the cracks causing heartache and frustration. And as I have shared with those of you who have written to me, we all face challenges and it’s not a matter of “if” we ever face them, it’s “when” we face them.

And just like a long hike, power walk, run or grueling workout, when we face those challenges we have to push past the finish line running just as hard, if not harder, as when we first started. We need to replace the feelings of quitting or giving up with the intensity and empowerment that lets us power through and complete what it is that we need to complete. Being pushed and pulled in multiple directions or being spread so thin where things slip through the cracks happens when we are not completely focused and committed to our goal and where we are going and what we need to accomplish.


There is only one person in the world who can ever stop us or dilute us to the point of inefficiency and that is ourselves.

So as we learn to avoid those traps of being pushed and pulled, as we keep our focus on the completion of our tasks, projects and goals, we will no doubt develop the attitude of not just easing into the end of our journey but rather powering and pushing past the finish line in all areas of our personal and professional lives.

You have it in you. You are so close. Don’t stop. Don’t quit. Push yourself past the finish line.

How about you? Do you run harder as you know you are nearing the finish line or do you kind of ease on through? Either way I would love to hear all about it at gotonorton@, and when we power and push through the finish line, it really will be a better than good week.

Michael Norton is a strategic consultant, business and personal coach, and motivational speaker. He writes a weekly motivational column for the Vail Daily.

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