Today's Food For Thought: Are You Winning The Race Of Your Life?

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Services for Real Estate Pros with CloseMyDeal, LLC Commercial TC Services

"Run the race of life set for you with all your very best."
― Lailah Gifty Akita

So often, we convince ourselves that falling in love with winning is sexy. We sometimes pressure ourselves to win some earth-shattering race that everyone will talk about.

In today's world, we are constantly encouraged to do more, achieve more, and be more. Experts tell us, "anyone can win." Coaches say to their teams, "just go out there and win!"

But is winning really what determines our success? Is it the right way to measure our value?

The race of your life is not always getting first place or making headlines. It's about the journey towards success.

Why We Like Winning

Nothing beats the feeling of winning. Why? Because being "first" seems like an acknowledgment for all the effort. 

The idea of winning is attractive and winning boosts self-confidence. We plan, train, focus, believe, try again and again, and sometimes are rewarded when we win. 

Winning can also shape our lives in a more positive direction. An exciting study also showcased that winning can lead to living a longer life. 

What Matters Is The Journey

Winning isn't everything; it doesn't always equate to personal growth. 

Life is made up of several races in different terrain. There are races for money and fame, and some run after prestige.

We define our "races we must win" to survive as making a decent living, seeking kindness, and remaining calmest in the face of anger or despair. There is a race focused on friendship or how good they are at deriving simple pleasure from watching the sunset, chasing rainbows, and enjoying the fall foliage. 

What matters is the journey towards success. In the long run, winning and losing can become part of the same ideal.

It's not whether you are winning at something; more important is the desire to grow and be better every day.

Include Others In Your Race Of Life

Let's face it – no matter who you are or what life you were born into, life will throw you some curve balls. The unexpected will happen, and when it does, you will be tested in ways you can't even begin to imagine.

Even in the darkest and direst of situations, there is always a measure of light. Focus on the good and hold onto it. If you and a loved one are facing the slow, steady onset of a disease that has no cure, then know from day one that you're facing it together. And make every moment count.  

Find a way to summon up the courage and fortitude to beat back the rising tide you feel and get past it. Have faith, as faith is more significant than fear.

Most people list family and friends when asked to name the best things in life, and winning hardly ever is mentioned. That is because, for us humans, building relationships is crucial to our well-being. Real human interaction gives our lives added meaning.

 

Getting first place is no fun when you are alone on the podium. Even if your journey takes more time and effort, getting on top alongside your loved ones makes a path to winning extraordinary and memorable. 

Enjoy the journey to success. And remember this.....

"An open heart is an open mind." ~ Dalai Lama

Comments (53)

Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Specializing in Multifamily Projects Nationwide

Myrl Jeffcoat 

Yes, indeed, "Life is most beautiful in its simplest form."

Our faithful friends and family stay in our hearts when all else fails. Stay healthy. There are no external things more important than our health. 

Thank you for the feature. I am grateful, as always. 

Sep 25, 2022 06:36 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Aura clearly I am late to the party, and love it that your post got Featured, now with that said, I was a Track Star in High School and coming in First always felt great sadly often I came in Second and I worked so hard to do better.... then I took a year to go to Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti MI while I was waiting for my citizenship papers so I could go to West Point... while waiting I was running Track & Cross Country and funny I ran on the same team as Gordon Minty, he was an Olympic entrant in the 1972 Summer Olympics..... long story short when he came in at the finish line.... he showered and came all dressed up as I was crossing the finish line:))) gave me a lesson that I never forgot... It is not about winning it is about the journey:)Endre

Sep 25, 2022 10:55 PM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Specializing in Multifamily Projects Nationwide

Endre Barath, Jr. 

Wow! Great story! It appears that most readers get it! It's not about winning, it's about the journey. You're the living proof. 

Sep 25, 2022 11:00 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

There are many times where it’s not a race at all for me but the journey to just go with the flow and being that flow state

Sep 25, 2022 11:53 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Aura Alex I definitely see that journey and I’m happy to go on it and gain some wisdom in the process . :

Sep 25, 2022 11:55 PM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Specializing in Multifamily Projects Nationwide

Laura Cerrano 

I am glad you are on your journey and heading in the right direction for you. I wish you all the best wherever that journey takes you. Enjoy the ride! 🥰

Sep 26, 2022 12:00 AM
Cliff Johnson
Solid Source Realty - Stone Mountain, GA
Personalized Real Estate whether buying or selling

Wonderful post! Full of wisdom. I like your idea about, the journey towards success and the desire to grow and be better everyday. This is an excellent post!

Sep 26, 2022 02:02 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Aura, for sharing your observations and your advice.

Sep 26, 2022 05:17 AM
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

You are SO RIGHT as constantly focusing on winning sets up despair when you don't win.

The journey: learning, growing, handling life's twists and turns are the most important thing.

Always striving to grow and learn more has been what I have always strived for. It's never ending and always a good healthy challenge.

Sep 26, 2022 05:25 AM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

An excellent post on this important topic. Our mindset is essential in all areas of our lives.

Sep 26, 2022 07:23 AM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Specializing in Multifamily Projects Nationwide

Cliff Johnson 

It's nice to see you in this comment section. Glad you liked my post. Please come again.

Enjoy this week. And thank you!

Sep 26, 2022 08:14 AM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Specializing in Multifamily Projects Nationwide

Thank you, Roy Kelley, for spreading the word to others. I can hear your reblogging engine warming up! 

Have a Great week! 

Sep 26, 2022 08:19 AM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Specializing in Multifamily Projects Nationwide

Hi, faye schubert: So true! Even when we don't think we can win, taking the right action takes us halfway there. Smaller steps lead to smaller wins, but that's how we get to the finish line. 

Have a productive and winning week! faye. 😊

Sep 26, 2022 08:25 AM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Specializing in Multifamily Projects Nationwide

Yes, indeed, Dr. Paula McDonald, mindset is powerful and the key even when there is possibility of failure. 

Sep 26, 2022 08:27 AM
Peter Mohylsky
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL

It’s not the destination but the journey, but being competitive in some form is the metric we all share here today and tomorrow

Sep 27, 2022 04:58 AM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Specializing in Multifamily Projects Nationwide

Thank you, Peter Mohylsky for your thoughtful comment. 

Sep 27, 2022 10:38 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Really enjoyed this post Aura Alex ... so many thoughts but in summary I thought of two verses that I wanted to share about a race:

Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. (Hebrews 12:1,2)

I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4:7)

Sep 27, 2022 11:04 AM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Specializing in Multifamily Projects Nationwide

Diana Dahlberg 

I am delighted when my post reflects the reader's thoughts, and the best part is, thank you for sharing those inspiring words! 😍

Sep 27, 2022 01:01 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

You are so right, Alex, the unexpected does happen and dealing with it determines future days! Our grandbaby's condition and our son's accident sure has tested even the strongest of faith's but we will all continue to move forward for their sakes!

Fantastic post, thank you!

Sep 29, 2022 06:05 PM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Specializing in Multifamily Projects Nationwide

They are blessed to have your support, Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! 

Thank you for finding the time to read and comment on my post. Please keep us updated on your family and I will continue to keep you and them in my prayers.

 

Sep 29, 2022 08:03 PM