When you’re an ambitious person, sometimes the hardest thing to do is let yourself off the hook.
This past weekend, my BFF Sarah embarked on her second 100-mile ultramarathon. Yep, you read that right,
100 MILES on her own two feet!
Approximately 60 miles in, Sarah realized that what she thought were allergies was quickly actually becoming a nasty chest cold.
Can you imagine having run
SIXTY miles with a cold
and still having FORTY more to go?
Imagine yourself not feeling well but knowing you’re already over halfway to your goal, and being faced with the choice to quit or forge ahead.
Sarah is one of the toughest women I know, and if she’d decided that she wanted to finish the race I know she would have.
But, because she is also an extremely intelligent woman, she was able to take a step back in the moment and recognize that finishing this particular race wasn’t in her best interest.
She decided to do herself a solid and let herself off the hook from finishing so her body could recover.
Don’t get me wrong, having the inner resources to stick with it when the going gets tough so you reach your goals is an important life skill, but so is knowing when to let yourself off the hook.
In Sarah’s case, letting herself off the hook so her body could recover was absolutely the right thing to do.
So how do you know when to let yourself off the hook?
Below are three lessons you can take from Sarah’s experience. I hope you’ll be able to apply them to whatever situation you are facing in life this week.
Three reasons to let yourself off the hook:
- You’re certain that you’ll perform better if you take a break and/or quit and try again next time.
- You’re sacrificing your overall goal (such as having fun or good health) to fulfill an immediate goal (such as finishing a particular race).
- If a friend were in your situation, you’d give her the advice to let herself off the hook because you can easily see that continuing to forge ahead would not be in her overall best interest.
I know letting yourself off the hook is a lot easier said than done.
To tell you the truth, I didn’t want to take the time to write The Field Notes this week because I’ve got a lot on my plate.
I chose to forge ahead because none of the above reasons to let myself off the hook applied to me, and I’m so glad I did!
So, how do you know when to forge ahead and when to let yourself off the hook on something? Share your thoughts here so others can benefit from your experience and wisdom.
Until next week,
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