We all show up for the race; we have our gear on and the best running shoes. But sometimes we settle for being at the race as long as it looks like to everyone else we’re in the race.
In my life, there have been many times I’ve gotten stuck in the “getting ready” stage. I’ve read all the books, get all the courses, talk to all the experts, look at what everyone else is doing to be successful and then just stand there. All the preparation has prevented the momentum needed to take what I’ve learned and move forward. I’ve heard it called analysis paralysis. The fear of messing up can be powerful.
If you look at business or life actually as a track meet, you’ll see a group of people gathering for the race. They look like runners; they have the attire, their number is plastered to their shirt, some might even be positioning themselves at the starting line. But when it’s crunch time, when the gun goes off there are only a few that are actually running the race.
I’ve learned that it’s not enough to be in the arena, you have to actually run to get to where you’re meant to be. It’s hard, and there are many times on this journey that you’ll want to quit, but if you just push through, ignore the negative chatter and focus it will be worth it. Every step will be a small success, and you will never regret doing more than just showing up to the race.