The race had been scheduled for later that day, but the crowd was full of anticipation. Who would take home the trophy? Each racer eyed the others and considered strategy — what would it take to win?
Too often our lives are filled with moments like these. We are working on something and the first focus becomes what somebody else’s progress is on a similar or the same sort of progress. “I want to go running this morning,” a person might think to themselves, “But first let me see if James has gone out running this week.” A quick scrolling through various forms of social media indicate that James did go running that morning, and so the person thinks that it is imperative that they go out running as well — wouldn’t want James to beat them, would they?
Instead of looking at things this way, why not let your biggest competitor be yourself? To quote from the bottle of Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap I use, “Unless constructive-selfish I work hard perfecting first me, absolute (sic) nothing can help me!” A little further on it writes, “Each swallow works hard to be perfect pilot-provider-builder-trainer-teacher-lover-mate, no half-true hate! So, each day like a bird, perfect thyself first!” Some of the best lessons are learned on a bottle of soap.
At the onset of each day you should have your to do list. Some of the things on your to do list should be items that push you further along toward long term goals. When you reflect on what you have managed to get done at the end of the day, you will realize that you have done much and in doing so you have improved — and come out ahead.
So never mind what other people are doing — focus on what you are doing and what you need to be doing, and you will always come out ahead. Don’t fret if you find yourself with a day passed and not much done — moping about a wasted day just makes for more of a wasted day. Rather, focus on how you can better yourself and avoid the pitfalls of the wasted day — and avoid them better the next day!