I’d never been a runner, even though I’d always wanted to run. I thought running was not something I was able to do because every time I tried I gasped for air and felt like I’d pass out.
But I decided to give running another try. Nothing about it was easy for me. I was slow and struggled through every mile.
While out running, I’d often see other runners who made it look simple. They seemed to run effortlessly, with perfect strides, breathing easily, even smiling.
Inevitably, I’d compare body shape, size, and age. I’d think, “Oh, my goodness! I’ll never be able to run like that.”
I’d feel so discouraged. But then I thought,
What does that have to do with me?
I was running 7 miles when only a few months before I couldn’t run 2 minutes without stopping. It didn’t matter what anyone else was doing. I had stay focused on what I was doing.
That experience taught me some important lessons, not just about running, but about life.
Run your own race.
When faced with a challenge and you’re tempted to compare yourself to some one else, focus on your goals and don’t worry about anyone else’s progress.
Keep working on yourself and strive to develop your abilities. Make your only challenge to be better than you were yesterday. Do your best. Give it your all. And keep moving forward.
Strive for progress, not perfection. Even if you have to start very small. A little progress every day adds up to big results.
It’s tempting to compare yourself to others, to want to give up when it seems like everyone’s making great progress except for you.
Better to run your own race.
Understand that your struggles are a chance for you to learn and grow. In the end, it’s your determination to continue that’s going to benefit you the most.