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Your life is a race and like any race there is a coach, fans, spectators, and other competitors.
Spectators are in there, too. Every time your foot raises up to hurl your body forward, they see you. They are not actively participating in your race (your life), these people are simply watching, observing and assessing your performance. They are so close you often confuse their presence with participation.They mumble and claim you could go faster, try harder and push yourself, but they don’t genuinely wish you did any of those things. They aren’t necessarily watching and waiting for you to win and yet, they won’t admit they may want you to lose.
I have run my race looking around at my competitors for help. I have focused on the hurtles instead of my Coach who whispered “you can do this” from the distance. I have focused on the spectators hoping they would cheer me on like my fans. In the moments, I failed to run well. I had to decide to assess every person close to me. Where some of my associates and “friends” spectators? Had some of the people I’ve known for years become silent competitors? Did I give recognition and attention to my family members and close friends who were tirelessly clapping for my success?
My best run began when I trusted my race, ran towards my Coach and allowed the voices of my fans (close family members and inner circle of friends) propel me forward.
How well are you running? Is it time for you to change your focus from your competitors and spectators to your Coach and fans? If so, don’t delay. We are all running and your victory depends on your focus right now.