With experience, a driver adjusts his understanding of how a car feels when it is near its limits. A driver becomes comfortable driving on the edge, so when his tires begin to lose adhesion, he can easily correct, pause, and recover. Knowing where and when he can push for a little extra becomes ingrained in his being.
When the pressure is intense and the race is only half completed, a driver who is being chased relentlessly by a competitor realizes that he might be better off pushing from behind than pulling from the front. In that case, the smart move is to yield his lead to the trailing car and let the other driver pass. Relieved of his burden, our driver can tuck in behind and make the new leader drive his mirrors.
…Racing is about discipline and intelligence, not about who has the heavier foot. The one who drives smart will always win in the end.
~Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain, Chapter 30
When things are going well and you feel that you are leading the way, making a change and doing no harm, often you will notice that others tend to snip and snap and try to distract you with fear, worry, and the dreaded- “What-if.” Slowly (or suddenly), you, (or I) begin to “Drive our mirrors” and we lose focus. We begin to spend too much time thinking about what Drain people say, or the problems and negativity they are bringing to our circle of influence. We start driving our mirrors–we stop looking forward and focus sideways and behind instead. And then we can get off – track.
Well, this weekend, let the naysayers and the pity-me’s, and the busy-be’s and the woulda-coulda-should-ites pass. Let them pass you by. Bid them safe passage as they pass you. Refrain from arguing and challenging them. Resist the urge to explain anything to them because explaining is just arguing with a passive voice.
Let them drive their mirrors for awhile.
Do you not know that in a race
all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. ~1 Corinthians 9:24
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