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Hit the wall? Try refocusing on your goal

By Edward T. Creagan, M.D. May 13, 2010

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Some of our most important lessons are learned over cups of coffee at the kitchen table rather than in boardrooms or even classrooms.

Let me explain. One of my colleagues stopped by several nights ago to tell us about running his first marathon. He'd trained diligently and felt psychologically and physically ready to run 26.2 miles. At the halfway mark, he said he felt strong. But he was exhausted as he approached mile 25, at which point he was passed by a 75-year-old gentleman. My colleague's spirit was broken. He walked the last mile and it took him 15 minutes to cover the distance.

So what's the lesson for us? We can't let setbacks jeopardize our focus — because when we're distracted we lose the energy to achieve our goals.

Of course, this applies to running but also to the marathon called life. Are there other lessons that we can learn from my colleague's experience?


Edward T. Creagan, M.D.

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May 13, 2010