This story has been floating around the internet for quite a while. I’m not sure where it originated, but I saw it on what I think is the best subreddit on Reddit.com, /r/getmotivated.
I ran into a friend of mine at the track once. We decided to have a friendly race… one mile.
Starting off, he pulled just ahead of me. I thought I would close the distance and pass him after a short bit, but could never quite do it.
The whole last lap my body was on fire, and I was pushing it as hard as I could. He crossed the line 10 meters ahead of me. He didn’t even look winded, just a dead-set look in his eyes.
Afterwards, I asked him how he ran that fast, and he told me that it is all in the motivation you light in your mind… imagining your own world and blotting out everything else.
So I asked, “What do you imagine?”
He replied, “What do you?”
I told him that to run faster, I like to imagine that I am being chased by a wolf.
He smiles and says, “In my mind, I am the one chasing the wolf.”
That was the day that I started to understand.
I love this story, but have really only glanced at it and thought to myself, “I should do (insert physical activity here) and quit procrastinating.” I’ve only looked at it as something to motivate and inspire me before a workout, and never really looked at it’s true meaning.
In life, if you let your fear run you, you’ll never run your fear.
Having fear or doubt is natural, but how you handle it is what will make the difference in your life. You need to adopt the philosophy that life feels more fully lived when conquering fear rather than worrying about failing.
This story tells us, that if we’re to be successful, we need to go out an attack life, not run from it.