Run Your Own Race

Run Your Own Race

School sports day season elicits one of two very different responses:

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Either punching the air for joy with the war cry of competitiveness, or, the sinking feeling right at the bottom of the stomach, with the silent resolve to endure and get it over with.

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Both my children represent these two extremes and watching their reactions to the same event has been interesting.

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Whatever your response you need to focus on your own lane.

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Looking around you and comparing yourself to other whilst the race is on will either distract you from your goal or incapacitate you with paralysing comparisons.

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Either way you are slowed down, put off your stride or stopped in your tracks. The same thing can be said for any event in which you need to perform.

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Although knowing your competition, observing and learning from your peers beforehand maybe advantageous, when it comes right down to it, all you can do is run your own race and challenge your own personal best. (OK, I’ll stop with the puns now honest)

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Paying too much attention to others and their opinions can be misleading for better or worse.

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Knowing yourself is vital to a healthy internal barometer.

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Reward will come from a sense of self appreciation, when you acknowledge what you have achieved and the amount of personal effort you have invested.

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Sarah Cooper has over 14 years Recruitment experience gained in both an internal and agency environment. As one of the founding Directors of McGinnis Loy Ltd, specialist Finance and HR Recruiters, she is still actively recruiting in the marketplace today. Follow her tweets @approachmarket

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