Run your race.
Three words. One sentence.
Simple, yes. Easy? Not so much.
In his book Louder Than Words, author Todd Henry, challenges us to run our race. And, no, he isn't talking about a 5K or a marathon here. Although, that direct reference would also aptly apply, and he does talk about it in reference to what he really means.
What Henry is referring to is pursuing our own unique voice. Stop comparing ourselves to others.
"Pursue uniqueness with your voice. Run your race. Execute your plan. Do your work, not someone else's," says Henry.
He is absolutely right, but it's not as easy as it sounds and Henry knows it.
It's a challenge to be who we are in a society that wants to constantly compare us with others. We dare to be ourselves, but it's easy to get caught up in how we stack up against someone else who is doing the same thing.
However, it clicked for me as a runner. I will be the first to admit that I used to be ultra competitive. I wanted to be the absolute best in everything I did, and if I couldn't I would jump ship. Something changed, and I believe it happened when I stopped coaching. I didn't lose my competitive edge, but I no longer competed against someone else. I started competing against myself as I started to run races.
I don't pay attention to others when I run. I pay attention to myself and how I'm feeling. I run to see if I can better my time. I run for the enjoyment of it. I have no idea what others are doing or what they might be thinking or doing. I just do my own thing.
And now, running my own race professionally just got a lot easier. I'm taking the attitude of running my own race in my vision of impacting others through life coaching and writing.
I'm doing it through three action steps:
1. What do I want to do?
2. Why am I doing it?
3. How am I doing it?
By focusing on the answers to these three questions, I'm running my own race. I'm not thinking about how someone else might answer these questions or answering them a certain way so that I emulate someone else.
No, I'm taking action my own way in the best way I know how. By doing so, I'm running my race.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.