I am leaving tomorrow to compete in an indoor track meet at the University of Houston.
I was discussing the same with a fellow track athlete the other day and we also discussed the idea of competing versus running in a different mind set. Most of you don’t care a flip about my track adventures I know, but the idea we discussed has application for many things in our lives.
My friend and I were discussing the competitive field this Saturday and also the competitors in the upcoming Indoor World Championships in Linz, Austria.
As is the custom with athletes we discussed the idea of those we will have to compete against and how we might fare against the field. In a different translation; who can we defeat and who might beat us in any particular event.
I mentioned to the friend that there are two possible concepts available.
I can place my positive energies in imaging myself defeating other runners, or I can place negative energy in believing I can’t beat them.
I can run with true spirit, mentally separating myself from the competition and move down the track without notice of them, running in the sense of simply arriving at the finish through the art of running swiftly within my capabilities, no regard to competition, simply running fast for the joy of running fast. Feeling the track disappear behind me and the joy of knowing there is more track in front to be placed behind.
I like it the second way though it is sometimes hard to bring myself to that perception before the starter pistol sounds.
I believe for all of us, whatever we do, when we find this different way of practicing our individual skills or crafts we experience a level of satisfaction that exceeds and lasts beyond the mere vanquishing of a competitor.
Performing with the simple joy of doing the thing I do; rather than "how many people can I do this better than?"
I know it is a simple thought. Sometimes those are the best thoughts.
Now I Get It.......maybe