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.”
|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!