The Speed To Win

On your marks!

Get set!

Go!

Anybody familiar with athletics is aware of these three simple but powerful statements. I personally love the urgency in the movement of each participant.

Running for the prize is a tough and sometimes rewarding competition. Some athletes take years to train. Some practice rigorously in order to win their race. We are birth, then we grow and we die. Life’s cycle is a torture. It’s easy to walk through life with some sort of anxiety. Many are anxious for so many reasons-personally I’m anxious to be rich and successful. It is with this reason I explore life as a solo competition.

I’d like to ask four main questions;

Are you in a competition?

Where is your start point?

Which track are you taking?

Where is your finish line?

Obviously, Usain Bolt may be popular for being an outstanding and unique athlete but the kind of competition I seek to dissect is the kind we are all a part of. It is the competition of our yesterday, today and tomorrow. It goes beyond them, him or her.

Everybody is in a competition with themselves. This competition starts when one is born and it ends when one dies.

I ask again,

Are you in a competition?

The world has undergone so many changes; discoveries have been made, there’s been technological advancement, new fashion trends here and there.

The worldly pressure is powerful especially with the discovery of technology and rapid growth of social media. People are under pressure to eat the choicest of food, stay in vogue, use the best computerized accessories,etc.

Approximately, 3.8 billion people use the internet with 2.89 billion of these people on social media. Facebook is unarguably the most used social media amongst others; such as twitter, snapchat and instagram.

9 out of 10 people find themselves on at least one social media site. People are under pressure to be noticed. This has left many living lives they never thought of. On social media, they are either the aggressive or soft hearted commenter or the harsh one. In the sight of the masses they are different from when they are in their closets.

Many continue to live their lives as deviated entities. Who are they developing when their true selves is thrown out the door as “garbage”.

So you realize a person continues to be stagnant in terms of growth just because their real self isn’t being developed.

People live to please everybody but themselves so what exactly is the essence in laughing out loud to the world during daytime and weeping or sobbing yourself to sleep at night?

Most of the time we compete for things that add no value to our lives. If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll definitely use all the available wrong routes.

If you don’t know where you’re going you’ll make lots of wrong choices. If you don’t know where you’re going you’ll do things like everyone else.

Where is your start point?

Our start point is developed mostly by the influence in our environment. You can tell when someone stops dreaming by his start point.

Many atimes men leave the upbringing of the child to the women. Children don’t go wayward because they decided to. The waywardness of a child starts with the decision of parents. The upbringing of the child is the responsibility of both the man and the woman. The start point is the child’s foundation-the most important stage in anyone’s life.

Which track are you taking?

I’m running a race. In that race, I must endeavor to run in my lane.

This lane is mine alone and its in this lane I get to reach the finish line. But what happens if instead of running in my lane I run in another person’s?

Your track will determine how successful you become, the number of times you’ll fail, whether or not you’ll fall and sometimes if you’ll be able to run at all.

Where is your finish line?

Nothing gives self-fulfillment more than setting goals and accomplishing them diligently. It is true that death is inevitable but we cannot use death as an escape route because we seek to do nothing.

People will forget you existed, it is what you do, your achievements that will make them remember you.

We write our destiny with our own hands; it’s in the rights and wrongs,it’s in the good and bad choices, it’s in the giving up and never giving up. Everyday we choose.

What choice are you making today? Don’t run in someone’s lane because you want to win. Run in your lane because you want to hit your finish line.

Life’s race is a solo competition. In your race you’ll meet people, some will try to break you with the intention that you fall and never rise again, some will come in to encourage, motivate and inspire you – they’ll push you into your aligned destination.

Always remember to stay in your lane and do your best.

On your marks!

Get set!

Go! 

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