I was at my daughter’s track meet last week where she was competing in the long jump and high jump events. An opportunity came up for her to run the 50-meter dash but she was hesitant to run it. When I asked her why she was reluctant to compete in that event, she confided in me that she was really nervous and didn’t want to do it. I thought about what I should say to her and the bible verse, “We are not called to win the race but to run the race,” came to my mind. I shared that with her and told her that how she did in the event wasn’t important; what was most important is that she tried her best and that she run the race. Even though I could see that she was still very nervous, she overcame her fear and she ran the race.
As I saw her taking her place at the starting line, knowing how she was feeling at that moment and pushing forward despite her fear, I couldn’t have been a more proud father. It made me reflect on how we all face challenges and have to overcome our fears in order to run the race. I thought about how this relates to our Max Muscle customers who face the challenges of getting into or staying in shape on a daily basis. I thought about how difficult it can be for so many of our Max Muscle family who battle with weight gain and health issues or just aren’t accomplishing their health and fitness goals.
The wisdom that I had shared with my daughter is great advice for all of us no matter what challenge we are facing. It’s not the results that we should be focused on, it’s the process. When we focus on the result, like my daughter did, we get overwhelmed. We think things like, “I can’t lose that much weight” or “I’m just too old or too tired or too out of shape to (fill in the blank).”
We need to focus on running the race – focus on the process. What can I do today that is going to help me be a little better than I was yesterday? Can I walk for 30 minutes after dinner? Can I get to the gym twice this week? Can I do some type of physical activity at home for 15 minutes? Can I clean up my diet a little bit or commit to drinking my protein shakes?
Whatever that something is, it’s about running the race. My daughter taught me something at that track meet that day. The things we may read about or learn about or may have heard a hundred times don’t really matter unless they are applied. We all need to take our place at the starting line, whatever that may be and not worry about winning the race; just running the race.