You know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:3-4
I am a longtime admirer of marathoners. Truthfully, I am even a fan of those who are in training for a marathon! Thinking about the time and consistent discipline that must be put in day in and day out to complete a marathon — all 26.2 miles of it — truly captivates my heart and imagination.
But I am equally impressed with those who make a decision to work out when it is not convenient, when it doesn’t feel good, or when there are some initial pangs of discomfort when a new exercise is introduced. Why? Because they are persevering. I have a slogan on my mirror that says, “Finish Strong.”
Although I am a very big believer in new beginnings and starting right where you are, I have truly grown to appreciate the qualities of a finisher as it relates to getting fit.
When we do what we have previously deemed impossible, such as work out at 5:00 a.m., stop smoking cigarettes, or even train to run a marathon, it builds us physically and mentally.
So what’s the formula to help us when we begin our own personal wellness journeys?
1. Step out on faith;
2. Do the work;
5. Finish strong.