Your life is a race and like any race, there is a coach, fans, spectators, and other competitors.
Similarly, your competitors are watching you run. From the corner of their eye, they fight alongside you step by step because they do not want you to win. You often mistake these people for individuals hastening to their own goal, and in some ways they are, but they are also people who would much rather keep you from reaching yours. Competitors don’t want you to get an inch ahead of them (in a new job opportunity, a new love interest/relationship, a new home, another child, a vacation, etc) because they believe this threatens their ability to win. They are disillusioned and these are the most dangerous people in your race. They often share your interests and passion to win. If you are not careful, you will be distracted by them. They are not truly your competition. They are an illusion. Although you may run near them, they do not determine your race’s outcome.
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.