When I jog, I feel as if I'm running for my life.
You see, I might need a stem-cell transplant someday. Don't worry: My cancer is in remission now. And it's likely that new treatments will keep me from needing a transplant (just as they kept me from needing one before). Still I feel the need to stay fit -- mentally and physically, just in case.
So I worry when I intend to jog, say, two miles but quit after going only one: "If I don't have the will power to jog two measly miles, maybe I don't have what it takes to get through future treatment."
I'm sharing this because I just read an intriguing post entitled "Why We Quit" by Alex Lickerman, who maintains a valuable blog, "Happiness in This World. Reflections of a Buddhist Physician." Lickerman writes, "[W]hen my mind started to visualize the end of the run, it shifted from managing the pain my body was feeling to preparing for it to end. And in preparing for it to end, its ability to resist the influence of that pain rapidly fell apart."
He concludes that "the point at which our strength fails us—can be changed. We can become stronger by challenging our weakness even if at first we don’t succeed...the key to victory is strength, and the key to developing strength is trying again, no matter what the reason you failed before."
I'll talk about his conclusion in my next post.