When Striving Towards Your Goal Feels Like a Marathon

There is no doubt that medical school sometimes feels like a marathon. There are moments of high energy and exhilaration. There are also moments when we feel like we are running out of fuel. The pace is fast, intense and requires consistent focus. If there is anything I am learning, it is absolutely necessary to take moments to slow down, reflect and catch our breath. Why are we doing this in the first place? Do we still have our eyes on the finish line? Are we taking time to enjoy the scenery as we run the race?

This week I felt exhausted from all the demands of medical school and family life. I woke up this morning feeling mentally and emotionally tired. I went before God in prayer asking for strength that only He can give. As I opened my Bible, I came across verses that immediately encouraged me and reminded me that it’s ok to feel weak sometimes. It’s ok to fall on our knees, hang our head and call out for some help. In that moment, we just need to take stock of the attitudes permeating our hearts and minds, and lift our head back up to keep our eyes fixed firmly on our prize. We will get to the end of the race and reach our goals in due time!

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

I press on towards the goal…” Philippians 3:14

Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances” I Thessalonians 5:16-18

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13 thoughts on “When Striving Towards Your Goal Feels Like a Marathon

  1. Hi Kalu! This pendulum swing in medical school is very common. More people need to talk about it just as you have in order to maximize support. Do not give yourself a performance grade each day . . . show up, do your best and trust God to bless your work and your family. We continue to pray for you -Your proud brother!

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  2. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isa 40:29-31. Stay strong in God’s strength 🙂 Praying for you!

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  3. You inspire me by keeping your eye squarely on the prize and by seeking harmony with God on your path toward becoming a medical doctor. There have been times in my life where, instead of asking “God help me” to find the strength and wisdom to accomplish something, I have cried “God help me!” when something I have tried to do on my own has gone terribly wrong.
    With admiration, Rich

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