This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the NSBE STEMulate Your Body 5K run in King George, VA. Check it out on Facebook by clicking HERE! This event was absolutely wonderful, and although I did not run the race, I had a ton of fun encouraging the people who set a goal and achieved that goal by running their race.

Some people ran. Some people walked. Some people ran and walked…but everyone had fun! One of the actual runners was my wife! It was her first 5K! And I can’t communicate to you just how proud I am of her for going after something that she wanted. As I think about that race and the persistence it took for everyone to make it through, it reminds me of how life is so similar.

Yes, life is like that race. We all have Starting Lines. We all have Finish Lines. However, it is only the most dedicated and most persistent who ever crosses their respective Finish Line. And honestly, it doesn’t even matter when you finish…but it matters if you finish. The key to finishing any goal is to keep the end goal in mind, even when it’s not in sight. Let me explain.

Imagine that you’ve started your course. Here you are running your race. Guess what? At some point in time, you will not be able to see anyone behind you or in front of you. Almost certainly, at some point, you will begin to doubt. At some point, you will want to quit. At some point, you probably don’t think you are still even on the identified course. But guess what?…you keep going. You keep going because you made it up in your mind that you are not quitting. You keep going because although you can’t see the finish line, you believe it’s there. You keep going because you believe in your soul that eventually you know you will get there.

Any worthwhile goal is like the NSBE STEMulate Your Body 5K race. The race exemplified the fact that the greatest gift you can give someone else is to inspire them to be better and do better. I salute all the Runners, Volunteers and the Sponsors…and as my three year old son, Lil’ Wayne says….Great Job Everybody!

Inspired Vision’s Point of Power: Persistence + Goals = Success!

~Be Inspired and Live You!

-Coach Dwayne L.

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