RUNNING YOUR RACE

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“If you continously compete with others, you become bitter; but if you
continously compete with yourself you become better” –Anonymous
Dammy was jogging one day and he noticed
someone in front of him, about 1/4 of a mile. He could tell he was running a
little slower than him and he thought to himself, ‘Good, I shall try to catch
him.’ He had about a mile to go his path before he needed to turn off. So dammy
started rrunning faster and faster. 
Every block, he was gaining on him just a
little bit. After just a few minutes he was only about 100 yards behind him, so
he really picked up the pace and pushed himself. You would have thought he was
running in the last leg of IAAF compitition.
 He was determined to caught him.
Finally, He did it! Dammy caught and passed him by. On the inside he felt good.
“He beat him” of course, the other person didn’t even know they were racing.
After he passed him, he then realized he had been so focused on competing
against him that he had missed his turn. He had gone nearly six blocks past his
destination. Dammy had to turn around and go all back, very tired and worn out.
Dammy was in an unhealthy competition,
because he was determined, but in the wrong direction. Isn’t that what happens
in life when we focus on competition with our colleagues, neighbours,friends,trying
to outdo them or trying to prove that we are more successful or more important?
We spend our time and energy running after them and we miss out on our own
paths to our God given destinies.
 The problem with unhealthy competition is
that its never a ending cycle. There will always be somebody ahead of you,
someone with better job, nicer car, more money in the bank. You can be best of
yourself, don’t compete with no one. Take what God has given you, the height,
the weight, the personality, and just be yourself. Being yourself is one of the
vital keys to success. 
Good morning, see you at the top of success
ladder! 
Written by Tobi Shobayo

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