When my son was younger, I sat at his track meet along with other nervous parents just wanting my kid to do his best. It was finally his turn to run and he was doing great but something changed.
He came around the bend and noticed that there were three people in front of him. At this point he stopped giving it his all. He knew better than to quit but he “stopped running his race.”
The entire team [including parents] was cheering for him but he had become distracted with what his neighbor was doing and forgot to simply run his race.
He came off the track feeling defeated. The coach was upset and I was upset.
I told him:
When you run, don’t look to the left of you or the right of you or even in front of you. Just run your race. Don’t look behind you; just run your race.
As I sat there, I realized that we all have track moments where we start off running our race but then we look to the front, left and right of us and see our neighbors seemingly “gaining” on us, “passing” us or even winning.
Then, we forget to run our race.
This message is for you: RUN YOUR RACE.
Run the race that was given to you. Who cares what your friends accomplish or cares about who is gaining on you? Just run!
You aren’t running against them anyway. If you watch any professional track meet, the runners, coaches and officials are mostly concerned with TIME; not who came in first, second or third.
You are not running against your friends, family, co-workers or even social media associates.
The only thing you are running against is time. Don’t let it run out. Run your race. I know I will.
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