About half way through my marathon, I needed to adjust my shoes and loosen up my shoe laces, as my feet had swollen. I pulled over to the shoulder of the road and began fixing my shoes. Unbeknownst to me, I had a group of runners behind me. As they approached, they pleaded with me, “Please don’t stop or give up! You’ve been our motivator for keeping going! We’ve been following you, and you’ve helped us keep pace.”
Here I was thinking I was all alone. I was running my race, after all, with my goals and objectives (to finish and feel great!). I smiled and told them I was just adjusting my shoes, and they were relieved. I began running again, but this time, I knew I wasn’t just running my race. I was leading a pack of runners to the finish line. I was leading them to their victory. My race was now no longer just about me but a common goal. And although I did not ask for the position, people followed me.
I believe this is often the case in life when we are doing the right things. People are naturally drawn to those who are accomplishing great things. As you diligently work toward your goals, be sure to pause every once in a while and see who is following you. You might be surprised to find out you are a leader to many!
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