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Throwing it back to some of my old posts from 2015/16 - some real nuggets there. But first, let me tell you a quick story about this photo. .
This was 14 year old me, running long distance for my house during sports day. See the girls on the field ? I'm expending so much energy and almost about to faint, and they're not even looking. In a Long distance race, people go about their business because they understand that there are several laps to run - so, even if you're leading in one lap, it means very little in the context of the entire race. The moment the final lap shows up, everyone starts to focus more, there's a bit more attention. However, once you cross that winning line, regardless of the applause you recieve, just know that it's you, your coach, and the paramedics in the back room. I actually came first in this race, and all I recieved was Glucose, and 15mins rest time to prepare for my next race. 😑😑😑. In high school, if you were an athlete, the end of one race was the beginning of the next. No time to celebrate that win. .
I have been running races for most of my life. It's incredible how a young girl was so laser focused at such an age. In my adult life, I try to pause to celebrate my wins a bit more because I realize that I suffered from a challenge called "The Trap of the Pedestal". I talk about this more in my Book #ThisThingCalledPurpose. .
The problem with pedestals is that when people put you on one, you inevitably fall off. You get hurt from the fall, and they get hurt from the expectation that you weren’t going to fall. If you’re good at doing something, people will naturally put you on a pedestal. .
We've all heard that saying, "Be so good, they can't ignore you". Oh yes they can! Coca Cola is so good, but I'm allergic, so I don't drink it. There are many great people who we don't know exist - especially in this internet generation where we judge quality based on number of follows. .
Listen. Be so FULFILLED in your purpose that even if they ignore you, it doesn't matter. Get your work done. There is no "one day in future" - there is now, and tomorrow, and next. .
#Detachment #TheTrapOfThePedestal #ThisThingCalledPurpose