JUST ONE MORE FOOT (read time 1:57) In his brilliantly written story "The Will To Victory," my hero, and master novelist Stephen Pressfield tells a story of the great Theban general, Epaminondas, who was destined to fight a great battle with the notorious Spartans, at Leuctra in 371 B.C. On the eve of the infamous battle, Epaminondas called his weary, beaten warriors together and sadly told them that they may lose tomorrow—that no army has ever beaten the great Spartans. However, he could guarantee victory if they would obey just one command—all at the exact same time, at the exact instant he issued it. His devoted soldiers of course clamored: “Yes! Yes! Tell us what you want!” The general confided: “When you hear my trumpet tomorrow, give me just one more foot. Do you understand...summon all of your strength and push the foe back, just one foot.”The dawn came and the battle began. The two armies locked up, sword to sword, shield against shield, in the center of the fighting field. Both sides were heaving and pushing, seeking to gain the advantage. Swords were clanging, shields were crashing, and blood was spurting. Epaminondas sat atop of his black stallion and watched and waited. Endless minutes passed. The warriors’ legs were cramping, their knees gave out, but still both sides shoved and strained against each other, trying to break their opponent’s will. Finally the moment of supreme exhaustion came. Epaminondas sounded the trumpet. His warriors remembered their promise of the night before; they summoned their final reserves of strength and pushed the Spartans back with all their might, just one foot. That did it! The enemy ranks broke. The battle was won!I was taken by this story because too often I feel defeated by the enemies of time, money, work, resistance, procrastination, demons in my head, etc. I think that most artists and entrepreneurs fight the same battles of impending defeat; our record won’t hit, our site won’t launch, our great blog won’t get read, our computer will crash, the investor backs out, or the check doesn’t make it to the bank. It’s times like these that I ask myself: “can I push back just one more foot?” The answer is always a resounding YES! I always have the strength, courage, fortitude or funds to go just one more foot. After pushing just one foot at a time, it’s not long before I look back and notice that I’m miles ahead of where I thought I’d be.How about you? Can you push ahead just one more foot?
J Michael Dolan

JUST ONE MORE FOOT (read time 1:57)

In his brilliantly written story "The Will To Victory," my hero, and master novelist Stephen Pressfield tells a story of the great Theban general, Epaminondas, who was destined to fight a great battle with the notorious Spartans, at Leuctra in 371 B.C. On the eve of the infamous battle, Epaminondas called his weary, beaten warriors together and sadly told them that they may lose tomorrow—that no army has ever beaten the great Spartans. However, he could guarantee victory if they would obey just one command—all at the exact same time, at the exact instant he issued it. His devoted soldiers of course clamored: “Yes! Yes! Tell us what you want!” The general confided: “When you hear my trumpet tomorrow, give me just one more foot. Do you understand...summon all of your strength and push the foe back, just one foot.”
The dawn came and the battle began. The two armies locked up, sword to sword, shield against shield, in the center of the fighting field. Both sides were heaving and pushing, seeking to gain the advantage. Swords were clanging, shields were crashing, and blood was spurting. Epaminondas sat atop of his black stallion and watched and waited. Endless minutes passed. The warriors’ legs were cramping, their knees gave out, but still both sides shoved and strained against each other, trying to break their opponent’s will. Finally the moment of supreme exhaustion came. Epaminondas sounded the trumpet. His warriors remembered their promise of the night before; they summoned their final reserves of strength and pushed the Spartans back with all their might, just one foot. That did it! The enemy ranks broke. The battle was won!
I was taken by this story because too often I feel defeated by the enemies of time, money, work, resistance, procrastination, demons in my head, etc. I think that most artists and entrepreneurs fight the same battles of impending defeat; our record won’t hit, our site won’t launch, our great blog won’t get read, our computer will crash, the investor backs out, or the check doesn’t make it to the bank. It’s times like these that I ask myself: “can I push back just one more foot?” The answer is always a resounding YES! I always have the strength, courage, fortitude or funds to go just one more foot. After pushing just one foot at a time, it’s not long before I look back and notice that I’m miles ahead of where I thought I’d be.
How about you? Can you push ahead just one more foot?


COMMENTS


Posted By Rich Meldon
The Power of my Word & Living into my promises & commitments
Michael, Fantastic article!!! This is one of your best articles - An excellent visualization of pushing forward ignoring all obstacles - real & imagined! Thanks Rich


Posted By Lynn Webster
One More Foot
The value of persistence and perseverance can never be overstated. I'm greatly humbled when you think of Thomas Edison's efforts to create the light bulb (5000 ? different attempts) and the incredible improvements on the Wright brothers airplane, the technological improvements on cameras, automobiles, Edison's (again) phonograph, Marconi's radio, Farnsworth's (?) television, the computer, et al....each improvement a "one more foot" advance. Thank you, for a great blog today, Michael!


Posted By joe
miami
just look back at the last 28 sec. of game 6 of the nba finals..one more foot brought miami it's 2nd title in 2 years.. good advice which i will apply to my practicing.. thanks michael :-)


Posted By Vallin SFAS
One more
"It'll take a little time, And leave us all behind singing One more song" -Browne, Ingram, Jason, et.al. Sometimes it's just add one more measure (as in Bach's B Minor Mass).


Posted By Atma
One more foot...
Thank you dear Sir... thank you.


Posted By karen Brown
one more foot
Hi Michael! I'm glad that I took the time to read through your blog. Usually I'm too busy to take the time. I just went through some trying times with a church member. After trying to help I ended with a foot in the behind! So your blog inspired me to forgive and forget! I'm going to take the foot out of my butt and keep pressing on at least one more foot and pray to go many feet further!! Thanks, yours in the spirit of Theban General!!!


Posted By Rachel
One more step
".... keep going till the doors all shut and the bathrooms out of order..." Thanks Micheal! Rachel


Posted By Art
One More Foot
What a way to start my day! My "One More Foot" is finishing up my script during lunch. Hear the trumpet! Perseverance....


Posted By Rick
success and accomplishments
Just think of what could have been accomplished in history if actors pushed one more time.


Posted By Michael O'Connor
One more foot inspired this
It's one of my oconnorisms "Playing it safe is dangerous" the greatest risk is not to risk at all when you don't stand on the edge is when you fall playing it safe is dangerous


Posted By Shawn
One more foot
As my friend, author Robert Maurer, Ph.D., would say, "it's The Kaizen Way; "One Small Step Can Change Your Life." We all benefit from sharing what inspires us to stay positive and keep moving forward. Thank you, JM!


Posted By Superstar8
Absolute Bliss
I don't know how I started getting your blogĂ. And I resisted reading it for awhile. And now I read it daily. It's terrific and just down right inspiring in a nuts and vlots way! Thanks your pix through me oFf! Your blog is so timely and dope!! :-)


Posted By Epaminondas
Great Post
My Greek name is Epaminondas. I was named after my grandfather, who was named his grandfather and so on. It's great that you posted a story on the Theban general who so many people have never heard of. Besides inventing the phallynx in warfare, his words of encouragement still ring true today.


Posted By Doug McKechnie
One More Foot
As soon as I get it out of my mouth I'm going to place it where it belongs. Thanks for the great parable.


Posted By John
Excellent
Advice we all draw on daily as we move forward toward reaching our individual dreams and goals. Well put and it's always good to get a reminder on the perseverance it takes to succeed. Thanks.


Posted By Victoria Lynn Schultz
One more Foot
I always enjoy your Posts, but this was one of the most inspiring I have read. Thank you for sharing your posts.


Posted By Cherie
Love it!
How do you know what inspiration I need on any given day? Don't know how it will all work out ... but I'm determined that it will!


Posted By Larry
reply
Thanks! I am ready to sound the trumpet! Larry


Posted By RumTom
3ft.
I like John's idea: Only I'm going for 3 Ft. Really a great piece Michael.


Posted By John Scott G
Just one more foot
I am going to try for two feet. Thanks for posting that story and comment, Michael.


Posted By Janice Todd
Horses
Brilliant! Absolutely Brilliant! Thank you for this. YES, I can push back just one more foot. No different than "one day at a time," only on horseback!

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• GOOD BYE LADY LUCK (read time 1:53)
• CONFIDENCE IS EVERYTHING (read time 1:23)
• DEADLINE OR DIE! (read time 1:53)
• THE WIZARDS CLOCK (Read time :47)
• CREATIVE PRIVACY (read time :43)
• THE KOBE IN ME (read time 1:13)
• READY, SET, GO! (read time :47)
• EVE OF DISTRACTION (read time 1:29)
• KEEP YOUR FEET UP! (read time 1:09)
• JUST ONE MORE FOOT (read time 1:57)
• MY MUSE DOESN'T CARE (read time :39)
• MISUNDERSTOOD (read time 1:19)
• DUMP IT! (read time 1:19)
• IS IT WORTH IT? (read time :49)
• THE 24 HOUR RULE (read time 2:21)
• MONK ON THE MOUNTIAN (read time: a lifetime)
• “IT” (read time 1:37)
• BORN TO SHOW (read time 3:37)
• THE STING OF REJECTION (read time 1:13)
• LESSON FROM A ROCK STAR (Read time 0:27)
• THUMB POWER (read time 1:59)
• EXPOSING THE WIZARD (read time (1:13)
• HEY, WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA? (read time 1:37)
• THE WAITING WARRIOR (Read time 0:41)
• PLAY AT YOUR OWN RISK (read time :57 sec)
• AUTONOMY HIGHWAY (read time :35 sec)
• LIMPIDITY (read time :45 sec)
• WHY I MEDITATE (read time 1:00 min)
• YOUR SHADOW AGENDA (Read time 0:59)
• WHY I SOLD MY BUSINESS (read time 6:33)
• BARENAKED PROBITY (read time 1:47 min)
• THE FANTASIES OF POSSIBILITY (read time 4:17 min)
• THE TUG OF WAR (read time 5:09 min)