Every morning in Africa the gazelle wakes up. It knows that it must outrun the fastest lion in order to see another day. Every morning in Africa the Lion wakes up. It knows that it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. Whether you are a Lion or a gazelle, when morning gets here, you had better be running!!-Quote
The good news is that we all have a race to run. The bad news is that not all are running. More bad news is that for those running, some are not running to WIN. They are running to FINISH. There is a heaven and earth difference between those two. More bizarre news is that there are those who have yet to realize that there is a race.
Running the race to finish is seriously admirable. Yet if you look closely, you realize it has less impact than running to win. I have been there. I have enlisted in that group. Our motto was that however slow we were, we were sure that we will finish. Our group is a large company whose groupthink is dictated by our own comfort zones. We have been enlightened. This was long ago. Unfortunately the process stopped…or rather, we graduated. We burnt our workbooks in celebration. We knew that the ‘stress’ of applying ourselves daily in discipline in order to attain our graduation was over. Now we can sit back and savor in the fruits of our labor. When we finish the race, our heartbeats will still be intact. Our muscles will not be that stretched. Our strength will not be that depleted. We will celebrate finishing the race un-challenged!
And of course it will show. Since we did not apply ourselves, we will be clueless as far as our Self Direction is concerned. We will have the proverbial golden chains in our hands….sticking it out to finish the race for the sake of our monthly dues. We will also work very hard falling into what Jay Niblic says “working hard in the dark”. As a result, we will go without the trophy. No mark. No record broken. No personal best posted
. No legacy left behind. All we need to do is coast around life and do the drills of life. Someone called it a ‘Template’.
A new breed however rises up. These are the enthusiastic runners who are in it to WIN. Not just finish, but WIN. And of course these are those that are referred to in the song ‘I hope you dance’. They have chosen not to take the path of least resistance. They are taking the path of most resistance. The key word for winners is not talent, genius or favor. The key word for those running the race to win is universal. Cuts across all the races. All the Ages. All the Religions. All creeds. All colors. All tribes. The key word for winners is INTENTION.
Nobody won without intending. Someone said, “Welcome to this way but once. We can either tiptoe through life and hope that we get to death without being too badly bruised. Or we can live a full, complete life, achieving our goals and realizing our wildest dreams”. His name is Bog Proctor…am sure most people know about him.I totally agree. Running to finish is as un-inspiring as watching a snail move. It is so gray and uneventful. However, running to win is motivating, driving and adventurous. The turning point is that small operative word…INTENTION.
Due to this and that, most people simply take the road of least resistance. We all love that road. No hustles. No bustles. Lotsa comfort. Lotsa disillusionment. No drive. No satisfaction. No Legacy. No mark left in the world. Just a statistic. Just running to finish. How interesting it is that that is the route subscribed by many people…it is their fanpage. Even though it is a class above those who have not joined the run…it still robs the masses of unleashing all their God-given potential. Gazelle or Lion? Winning or Finishing? Intending or Templating? Like always, it will always be up to an individual’s choices. Have a winning day wont you?