What’s it about?:Running your way
“You are going the wrong way”
That’s what they kept saying to me.
There I was, enjoying my normal morning run, when suddenly there were hundreds of runners coming towards me in the opposite direction.
And as they all passed me, I must have heard the same statement at least 20 times…
“You are going the wrong way.”
And that got me thinking…
Is it me that is going the wrong way, or all of you?
I have never been a person to “follow the crowd” and go in the same direction as most.
Just because the majority of people do it, does that make it the right thing to do?
My take has always been, if the majority do it, there must be another, different way. Especially as many people seem to just follow the majority without questioning why.
So how about you?
How many times have you followed the crowd just because it’s what most people do?
Or maybe you have found yourself trying to meet the expectations of others?
Or trying to fit in?
But maybe deep down, you have not been happy.
And the more you think about it…
the more your realise your life planned for us so that we “fit in”
You have to accept the school system because that’s the way it is.
You have to believe these religious beliefs because that’s what we do in this family.
You have to dress a certain way because that’s what’s acceptable.
You have to have a 9 to 5 job because that’s what people do.
You have to support this sports team because people around here always do.
You have to take these pills because that’s what the doctor says.
You have to run in this direction because that’s what all the other runners do!
You don’t have to do anything just because most people do it.
You can choose what you do every single day.
And the way I see it, I know or have met thousands of people who haven’t been really happy doing what they are supposed to do.
so following the crowd often isn’t the wise way.
Maybe it’s the easiest way.
Maybe it’s the accepted way.
Maybe it’s the “normal” way.
But is it the best way for you?
Here’s my definition of Personal Power:
“Having Personal Power means you know that all your successes and failures are your own. You do not blame your parents, your upbringing, society or others for your failures. And you do not think it was just chance that gave you success. Personal Power is realising that you, and only you, are in control of your own destiny.”
And the more Personal Power you have, the less you need to just “fit in” and follow others.
Personal Power gives you more courage to follow the only path that is right for you – your way.
So the next time someone questions you for “going the wrong way”, maybe stop and ask if in fact you are the only one going the right way.
I’m off to choose my own path and politely disregard what others tell me I should be doing.
How about you?
To your fulfilment.
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