The step across the starting line, the step across the finish line and possibly the steps in front of the water stations where you smile at the volunteers as you try and convince them that you’re not actually tired yet.
Those steps are the easy ones. When you’re starting out, you’re not quite tired yet and the steps are pretty easy. When you’re finishing, you see the end goal and they get easier. The ones at the water stations, you have your ego to protect so somehow you try your best to shrug off the fatigue.
But in between they’re not always easy.
Not all steps are equal.
Some are downright ugly. Sometimes, they don’t even look like steps. Sometimes, your steps forward are really you just doing your best to drag drag your tired legs forward and trying to make it not look too much like a limp.
But if you want to finish something, you have to to that. You have to move forward.
The defining difference between the people that start things and the people that finish them is the ability to take move forward – one ugly step at a time.
You have to be willing to take the ugly step forward.
It’s not always glamorous and it’s not always pretty, but you move forward. And that’s what matters.