Keep Your Head down And Grind


A Lesson Learned from the Cross-Country Run

You know, there’s an incident from my school days that has stuck with me all these years. I often reflect back on it, and the thought came to me that you may benefit from hearing about it. 

It was during a cross-country running session for our PE class, and it ended up teaching me a valuable lesson that I’ve carried with me ever since.

I dreaded long-distance running back then, especially when it was cold or raining, I’m pretty certain that some of you can relate to how I felt. – I was always one of the last ones to finish, typically because I’d end up walking and chatting more than actually running.

But on this particular day, something inside me just clicked. I don’t know what it was, but I decided that this time, I was going to push myself and run the entire course.

So when the race started, I resisted the urge to bolt out ahead with the rest of the class. Instead, I started off at a steadier, more manageable pace. I kept my eyes focused on the ground in front of me and just kept putting one foot in front of the other.

As I settled into my rhythm, I started to notice that I was gradually overtaking all the classmates who had taken off too fast at the start. One by one, I passed them by, never breaking my steady stride.

When I finally crossed the finish line, I was shocked to find that I had placed 8th out of the large entire class! For someone who, when it came to long-distance running, was usually bringing up the rear, this was a huge accomplishment.

I could see the surprise on the PE teachers’ faces too – they definitely hadn’t expected me to finish that high up.

Honestly, I didn’t really keep up that new-found running motivation after that day. I was still not a big fan of running, so I slipped back into my old habits. But that initial sense of pride and achievement has stayed with me all these years.

It’s a reminder that when you set your mind to something and refuse to quit, you can accomplish a lot more than you ever thought possible.

Looking back, that cross-country run taught me a valuable lesson – if you just keep your head down, stay focused, and grind away at your goals, you can surprise yourself with what you’re capable of.

No matter how daunting a challenge may seem, as long as you persist and don’t give up, you can come out on top.

So whenever I’m faced with a tough obstacle, I think back to that day when I shocked myself and my classmates by finishing so high in the cross-country race. It gives me the motivation to keep pushing forward, to not give in to self-doubt or discouragement. If I could do it then, I can do it again.


The moral of the story?

1. Never underestimate yourself.

2. Keep your head down, stay focused, and just keep grinding away at your goals.

3. You never know what you might be capable of until you truly put your mind to it.

That’s a lesson I learned all the way back in school, and it’s one I’ve carried with me ever since. 😃