Running Away From Your Problems Is A Race You’ll Never Win……
In March of 1987, Eamon Coughlan was running in a qualifying heat at the World Indoor Track Championship in Indianapolis. The Irishman was the reigning world record – holder at fifteen hundred meter, and he was favored to win the race easily. Unfortunately, with two and a half laps left to run, he was tripped and fell hard. Even so, he got up, and with great effort, he managed to catch the race leaders. With only twenty yards to go, he was in third place, which would have been good enough to qualify for the final race.
Then Couglan looked over his shoulder to the inside. Seeing no one there, he relaxed his effort slightly. What he hadn’t noticed, however, was that a runner was charging hard on the outside. This runner passed Couglan just a year before the finish line, thus eliminating him from the finals.
Coughlan’s great comeback effort ended up being worthless for one and only one reason: he momentarily took his eyes off the finish line and focused on the would – be competitors instead.
One of the most important factors in reaching your goals in life is to have single – minded focus. Don’t let yourself become distracted by what others do or say. Run your race to win!!