Life is about inches

Christopher P. Neck Posted by Christopher P. Neck.

Christopher P. Neck, a prolific author and speaker, is Associate Professor of Management at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.


An inch?  A very small distance right?  Place your thumb and your pointer finger a distance apart that represents an inch.

An inch?  A very small distance right?  Place your thumb and your pointer finger a distance apart that represents an inch.   This distance sums it up in terms of the difference between success and failure.  One little inch.  Two days ago I was running on my treadmill and trying to run a marathon (26.2 miles).  At about mile 6, I was thinking, I’m tired and just don’t feel like running anymore.  But I told myself, just keep running and don’t stop.  Just keep running an inch at a time.   After running for a few more seconds and a few more inches, things started to change in my mind and body.  I started feeling better and before I knew it (an hours later), I was finished with my run.  I had exceeded my goal by 3 miles.  I had run 29 miles.   Now if I had not run that one more inch…..when I was feeling bad at mile 6, the run would have been over and I would not be enjoying the endorphins and the feeling of accomplishment from such a long run.

Life is about inches.  How often do we give up on our goals and dreams when success is just an inch away…….how often do we give up getting fit, learning to play an instrument, making our relationships better, doing better in a particular class in school because it gets difficult?  If we just stay in the game for a few more inches or a little while longer, we may have succeeded instead of accepting defeat.

An inch is not very far……………so don’t give up on what really is important to you when you feel like quitting.  Go one more inch….then another…..then another……….all those inches added up are the difference between winning and losing………between getting what you want or not getting anything at all………….between living or not living your dreams.

Ignore the critics.  Live your dreams!