How often do you do something for the sake of keeping up appearances?
Yesterday I did the charity fun and I completed it 5 minutes faster than I did last year. Last year I made the mistake of rushing off at the beginning with the rest of the crowd and tiring myself out very quickly…I remember when I saw the 1km mark my jaw just dropped as I felt like I had run much further. This time I’d learned my lesson and despite seeing nothing but people rushing past me, I stuck to my plan and kept at my own pace. This time I finished the race with plenty of energy to spare. While I was seeing all these people rushing past me I did feel a little bit like joining them but I knew that if I did I wouldn’t complete the race in one go!
I got the sense that a lot of people rushed off just because everyone else did and that was what they were supposed to do. But later in the race I caught up to a lot of those people I saw rushing off in the beginning.
So if those people had created a game plan and stuck to it rather than doing what everyone else is doing, their probability of being successful in completing the race in one go would’ve been much, much higer.
Keeping up appearances for the sake of it is easy…following your own heart and game plan is the real challenge in life!