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In this episode encourages us to run our own race, walk our own path and pursue our own journey.
She shares the story of a pregnant elephant and a dog to highlight why we shouldn’t compare our journey with others.
This episode is jammed packed with tips and motivation to helps us run our own race including these:
Michel invites you to be clear on who you are and the quality of the goals that you are producing. Determine if you are in this to produce a few elephants or many puppies.
The race you run is up to you. Which race are you running?
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Hi again, I’m Michel Shah. With this episode of UpSkill Talks. In this episode, I want to share with you about the importance of running your own race. In 2016 Girish Amanapu. Did a post on LinkedIn in which he shared a story. The story is about an elephant and a dog who got pregnant at the same time and had this conversation about their pregnancy. Three months in. The dog had six puppies. No action for the elephant. Six months after the dog had those six puppies. The dog got pregnant again. So the three months later, the dog has a dozen puppies. And the elephant is still pregnant. About 16 months later, the dog. Approaches the elephant and says. We got pregnant together the same time. Right? I’ve given birth. Three times two, a dozen puppies. They’re now grown. And you are still pregnant. What’s going on with you. The elephant took time. And then responded. I understand that what I’m carrying is not a puppy. It’s a mighty and great elephant. While you have several dozen puppies in a year. It takes me two years to produce one baby elephant. But when this elephant is born, it shakes the ground. Humans pause to admire the magnitude of it. I need more time. To produce an elephant, a baby, then you need to produce puppies. I thought this story was so powerful. And I wanted to share it with you. Because there are so many times when we are on our leadership journey. And we are not getting the results that we see other people get in. The pace is not as fast. It just seems like they are scoring and winning and getting results. And we are on this journey. Growing. Learning. working, but we’re not seeing those results. And so I want to encourage you today. That if you are on your journey. And other people are having the results. Perhaps. Perhaps the result that you are working towards is more like a giant elephant baby than a puppy. Perhaps we need to stop comparing our journey. The way, the elephant and dog we’re comparing, perhaps we need to be more like the elephant recognizing that we shouldn’t be comparing what we are working on, what we’re trying to produce. To the puppies. That the dog is having to understand. And define the race. That we are running. It’s going to be important. So I want to leave you seven tips. To help you. Run your own race. And not come pier. Your pace. Your progress. Your results to those of others around you who may be carrying a different weight class results. That you will focus on your own race, your own journey, your own pathway. Your own life. Seven tips. Number one. Define the race. You run based on who you are, know what the race that you are running is. And when I’m speaking about a race, I’m not talking about something that moves fast. I mean that pathway, that journey. That focus that you’re going to take in your life just to making sure that you’re defining one that’s right for you, based on who you are. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Don’t compare yourself to what others are producing. The pace at which they’re producing it, focus on what you’re carrying and what is re. Required to carry what you are, carrying your load, your journey, your pathway, your results. That’s number one, number two. Make sure to take time to understand the value of your own race. The quality results and outcomes that you are working on producing. No, the difference between a baby puppy and a baby elephant. No, which one you are bringing, do you need to be bringing many puppies? Or are you working on a longer-term elephant baby? Very important that you make sure. You know, the value. Of the goal that you’re pursuing. You know what you’re doing and why you’re doing it, because if you don’t, you will end up in a situation where that dog comes and he’s gloating about all the puppies he’s having. And you’re stuck trying to get one out. And if you don’t know why you’re doing it and the value of what you’re doing, you will not have the kind of answer, the kind of rationale. The kind of mindset as the elephant to say. I am working on something bigger. And this is going to take time. But I know the value of what I am working on. And it may not be the same as yours, so I don’t need to produce as many baby puppies as you do. I’m focusing on one big puppy. One big elephant baby. So that’s very important. Number two, number three. Know who you are and know the nature. Of your skills. Your goals, your method of work. No, the style. No, where you are and know the pace at which you are capable of pursuing your goals. These are really very important. Stop and pause, and to make sure you have a good understanding of who you are. When you’re on this kind of journey. Because everybody would run past you. And you might feel the need to sprint off just to, because of their past, you. Remember who you are, remember the value of your goals. And remember you are running your own race. Number four. I run the race. It’s important that we don’t just conceptualize the race, but that we’re actually in the stand on the field, running the race, putting in the effort, doing the action. The activities, the habits, what we need to get better every day. One question I saw many years ago that I continue to use in my life is a question that says, what am I doing today? To help me be better tomorrow. Run your own race, put in the effort, get up and do the boring things that matter. Get up and challenge yourself every day. Simple things like the time you’re waking up the time you’re going to bed, the meals were eaten. Whether we put aside 15 minutes to think about what we’re doing. To get better at our craft. That’s number four, number five. Don’t compare yourself. There are so many people out there that are wanting us to compare ourselves with them, invite us to compare. They want you to feel like you’re in a competition with them? And when we’re talking about a race, we’re not talking about a competition with others. We’re talking about a clearly defined a journey that you’ve set for yourself. You’re competing against your own best time. You’re competing against your own performance, your own capabilities. What do you set out to do the results that you desire? That’s what you’re working on. And number six. You’ve got to stay the course. Obstacles will come. Challenges will come. Distraction. We’ll come spectators watching you produce, watching you perform will make a lot of noise. But remember, as Brene Brown says, don’t get distracted by the people in the stands. You are. In the game. You are running your race. Keep at it. Keep at it. It’s not enough to set the destination. It’s not enough to plan the race. It’s not enough to have the mindset. You need to stay in it and you need to stay in it. When it gets tough, it’s going to get tough. Sometimes life throws, curve balls. Something is going to happen in your family. You have a sick family member lose a loved one. Disaster strikes here. Disaster strikes there. Whatever it is. Please. Stay the course. Pause. Mourn. revisit, revise, refresh, take a break, take a breather, but keep coming back. You’ve got your race. Stay the course. Continue on your path. And finally. Look at and be aware of the field that you’re running against in this race. But only to keep you motivated only to remind you. That when you sit it out. The race will run. When you stop. The race will run. You’re not the only one that can do this job, but what do you have decided to do is very important. But you have to commit to doing it. If you don’t do it. Someone else will. But you want this opportunity to make your important, unique contribution. To our world, a contribution that no one, but you can make. No matter how valuable their contribution is so important that you run your race, you have your impact, you gain your own meaning you provide your insights and you learn through this rugged journey. Who you are. And the quality. Of the goal that you are producing. Understand that you are in this to produce maybe bigger babies or maybe many puppies, what you need to understand. Which race you’re running. Are you running the race with multiple pregnancies, multiple puppies. Are you running the race with nurturing one baby every two years or a dozen every year? It’s important for you to know the race you’re running. And not get distracted by the race that other people are running. And the noise that other people are making stay true to you, your goals, your journey. And the value of what you can uniquely produce. All the best. On your race. I’m Michel Shah. And I want to say thank you so very much for taking the time to listen to this episode of UpSkill Talks. 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