The first time I heard this was when I was training for my first half marathon.
Makes perfect sense, right?
However, try sticking to that in the middle of the race when everyone is speeding past you and you are trying to keep up.
I realized then that it is not really just “run your own race”…it should also be “RUN AT YOUR OWN PACE!”
Needless to say, I did finish my very first half marathon at a half-decent time (no pun intended!) and went on to run many more races after that.
However, lately, it seems that I have to keep reminding myself (and others) that I am “running my own race and at my own pace.” when it comes to my own career.
“You could make more money somewhere else…”
“You are so smart; you should ask for more money.”
“You are already doing more anyway, why not get paid for it…”
Money, Money, Money.
In a fit of impatience, I had blurted out “I don’t want more money!”
In my previous experience, more money, meant more work, more expectations, more stress.
No thanks. Been there, done that.
The best decision I have ever made was to leave my high-stress job, take a step down the proverbial corporate ladder, and take a significant pay cut.
“But you still get stressed in this lower-paying job, so why not get a promotion and get more money?”
But somehow, the stress is different. I leave it all behind at 5:30 pm and I look forward to spending more quality at home…
Walking through my garden and seeing if the squirrels left me some strawberries…
Having a beer in the front patio and count the number of white cars that go by…
Getting the mail from the mailbox and actually sorting and reading the flyers that came with the bills…
Work should not be just about money.
But for some people, it is about the money…. which is unfortunate. I guess for them, their race is to amass as much money as possible, as soon as possible.
Wrong race for me…
I think next time, I will not feel the need to justify that my race is to find what makes ME happy and it may take me a while to figure it all out. My happiness is worth more than a million dollars in the bank.
So, when you feel that someone is pushing you to do something that you know is not for you, tell them:
“I’m good. I am running my own race at my own pace. Thanks though.”
Have a good week, everyone!