One of my favorite things to do is to look out over the gulf and reflect. It creates a sense of mindfulness, and the result is personal improvement.
Often runners will pass by on the boardwalk, and I love it because their effort is so inspiring. They’re running because they want to achieve something greater in their life tomorrow than they have today. Their reward for each run is often known as a “runner’s high” and gives them a feeling of purpose in their lives. And like in all of our pursuits, this small consistent purpose leads to a much greater result, one that will impact every part of their lives.
The past weekend was the Gulf Coast Marathon, so this time 3,000 runners went by. The energy was very different from each individual as expected. This was no ordinary run–today was race day. These runners were competing to win, and the focus, the intensity, and passion were much higher. They had trained for this day, both mentally and physically, to deliver their best results, and no excuse, environmental circumstance, or situation would stop them.
It made me think back to my hockey days and the incredible feeling of competition. It is excitement, anxiety, happiness, and butterflies all at the same time. Win or lose, competition gives us meaning while building our character as we step out of our comfort zone. When the race is done, it’s followed by a feeling of attainment which then builds confidence. Unfortunately, though, this is the very reason most never even make it to the starting line–competition is a scary thing.
Everyday as a team we strive to improve ourselves: our processes, our communication, our quality, our delivery, and our skills. How far we will reach as a team will be determined by our willingness as individuals to show up on race day and compete to win. In many cases just having the courage to start the race is further than most.
Embrace the feeling of being challenged, and strive for something that is beyond today, something that is beyond our own experiences and broadens our horizon. Like the marathon it is an energy that builds who we are.
There is nothing like the energy of race day.