Are You Looking in the Right Direction?

Kim Argetsinger mindset business coach
“You see every day, every week, every year of my life my hero is always 10 years away. I'm never gonna be my hero, I'll never attain that. I know I'm not and that's just fine with me because that keeps me with somebody to keep on chasing.”-Matthew McConaughey

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday and closed out 2017 with a bang.

I had some great family time, friend time, and time with my guy.

Over the break, I participated in one of my favorite family traditions. Every year, we all layer up and have a 5k race the day after Christmas.

This year it was Cold with a capital “C”.

I was honestly hoping someone from my family would speak up and cancel the whole thing, but our spirit of competition runs deep, and we all went out into the 17-ish degree weather to get our run on.

About halfway through the run, I realized I had been looking over my shoulder for a mile and a half to see who was behind me and getting close.  

Every time I looked back, I wasn’t looking where I wanted to go. I'd lose my footing a bit on the slippery roads or get in my head. Meanwhile, my cousin’s husband (who always beats me!) was looking forward and gaining more traction ahead of me.

This looking back thing was slowing me down and psyching me out. Not only was I not looking where I was going (hardly safe), but I was also stuck retracing my past steps and evaluating them. 

I promised myself I wouldn't look back for the remainder of the race and turned around to look forward. A quarter of a mile later, I started imagining myself way ahead, running faster, feeling light, and crossing the finish line with a smile.

I chased that version of myself until it was me crossing the finish line with a smile. 

I didn’t break any speed records, but I did make it back for some awesome veggie chili (don't worry meat eaters, there was a carne version as well). It also got me thinking about how we go about creating the businesses and lives we want.

It made me wonder, how many of us are dreaming, setting goals, or making intentions while we’re looking over our shoulder to see what’s behind us and what might catch up with us?

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