Leadership Lesson 6: Finishing Strong

The simplest definition of leadership is influencing others to do something while working towards a common goal or agenda. In 2022, I’m focusing on becoming a better leader in all areas of my life. As I grow, I’m sharing lessons and stories along the way. Thanks for tuning in and I hope something I share resonates with you in your leadership (influence) journey. 


In 2011, I ran a marathon. Towards the end of the 26.2 miles, I was fatigued and exhausted. I wanted to stop. My knee was hurting and others were passing me by. The only thing that kept me going and that I had to say over and over was just put one foot in front of the other. When fatigue sets in encouraging yourself to keep going is necessary. 


Maybe you’ve found yourself in a rut doing the same tasks but seemingly not making progress. Or maybe you’ve been working really hard for months on a project and you’re still not finished. We all get tired and experience fatigue and even set backs. But putting one foot in front of the other keeps you moving forward. It allows you to persist even if it’s at a slower pace. 


If you’re feeling the angst of fatigue or if frustration is starting to settle in, take the next step and then the next one and then the next one until you cross the finish line. You may not be the first one finished and you may cross the finish line with blood, sweat and tears but you finished! Don’t underestimate the power and strength you have to finish. You will win if you don’t quit. 


 ~Coletta Jones Patterson


Coletta is an author, speaker, life coach and business executive who is passionate about helping others get unstuck. She hosts a beyond stuck podcast and has written seven inspirational books. Connect with Coletta at info@moveu4ward.com. 

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