For all of you athletes out there, whether it be football, soccer, swimming, tennis, track & field, baseball, etc., we know the importance of giving it 100% every time we step out onto our own field. Practice is everything to make sure we are performing to our highest ability, and not having to rely on drugs, no shade (Grier was just fighting a cold, ok?!?!). If you weren’t an athlete in high school or college, apply that scenario to your schoolwork or whatever activities you have going on in your life.
Now, one thing that many of us hear all the time are the comparisons to running. For us 20somethings, this is actually a crucial message we need to adhere to: Stop Sprinting!
For many of us, we can’t sprint a marathon (if you can, congrats and tell us what drugs you are using). But it’s simple. If you sprint a marathon, you will get tired and burn out, and what good will that do you? The same logic can be used towards where we want to be in our twenties.
Give this a thought, where do you see yourself at 30? As we have said before, patience is key when it comes to where we want to be. You won’t be able to accomplish every goal in your professional and personal life over night, and rushing to get there will only slow down your progress in the long run. If you fall while you sprint, you have a great chance of injuring yourself pretty badly and the race you are trying to finish is going to be more painful, if you can even finish at all.
Running at your own pace, however, will allow those falls to be a little bit less painful. With less pain, you can patch up those wounds and continue on with the race. Don’t mistake your pace as weakness or laziness.
Bring this attitude into the workplace. No one wants to be burnt out at 27 and unsatisfied at 29. If your race takes until you’re 50, don’t let anyone tell you no. And realize this — you will race alongside others, but you don’t need to keep pace with anyone but yourself. If they take a detour or a kick it up a notch, you’re not forced to do the same. This is something we often forget, especially when we dream big.
Just remember that while you may have the support you need and want during your race, you’re the only one who can actually finish it. So take care of yourself. Give yourself the time to learn, practice and adapt. Focus on the long game. Your mind and body will thank you.