What do you see? A racetrack? A fun competitive activity? How about a metaphor about life?
You get in the car, strap yourself in, step on the gas and you’re off! Along the way, you see the other drivers on the track – some ahead of you, some right next to you, and others trailing behind. You’re aware of the factors you must consider: your competitors’ actions, the sharp turns, the amount of fuel in your car, the terrain, the distance, the time, your speed, etc.
But you must also consider this:
Your competitors on that track are different ages and have different skill levels and experience with racing and this particular terrain. Remember this when you find yourself comparing your performance on that track to that of your competitors.
Some things you can control; others you cannot. You control your own actions, but you can’t control what your competitors do. You decide how much you step on that gas pedal. You also decide whether you get in that car at all to join the race. *** Do you find yourself comparing your life and your body to those you see around you, online, and in the media? Be sure you’re not comparing your Day 1 with someone else’s Day 1000.
Remember that everyone starts off as a beginner.
Do you find yourself stepping on the brake far too often in your own life? Or worse – do you simply not join the race at all? Girls and women tend to self-select out of opportunities because they convince themselves that they are not qualified and/or don’t deserve said opportunity. In fact, they often won’t pursue an opportunity unless they are a near-perfect match with the listed qualifications. Did you know that this list of qualifications is more of a wish list and often describes someone that doesn’t exist? In moments of hesitation and deliberation, remember this hockey metaphor from Wayne Gretzky: “You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.” Take your foot of the brake, ladies.
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