Run to win

Run To Win…Train, In Order To Finish Well.

Hello everyone. Yesterday I attended a leadership summit and was privileged to listen and speak with great minds. The summit laid emphasis on the need for everyone to run in life with the intention of winning. This cuts across all works of life. As the speaker spoke, he reminded me of what the Apostle Paul said in 1st Corinthians 9:24 – “Run to win.”

A young lad stood up and asked the speaker, “How can we all run and win, if there’s meant to be only one winner?”. The speaker’s response got me thinking all through the day. He responded, “Why can’t the winner be you? Whatever worth doing you find yourself doing, strive to be the best at it, that’s how you win.”

In a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize. All athletes are disciplined in their training, never shadowboxing. They train vigorously and intentionally, to win a prize that will showcase their talents, efforts, and dedications.

Dough Chamberlain in his book “other wise” stated – “Athletes train vigorously and specifically for the event or sport in which they are competing and they don’t go through the training only to quit half way through its completion. They don’t enter a race without counting the cost and carefully measuring the task that is ahead of them. Not only that, but after spending the time and effort to train for a contest, the athletes does not avoid competition. 2 Timothy 4:7 says, “I have fought the good fight of faith, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” The athletes train in order to finish well.”


You can’t take your own self seriously if you do things without intentions. I don’t think there’s any athletes who competes in a race track just for the fun of it, they all have the intention to win even though they know there can only be one winner. The thought of failure shouldn’t stop you, let it push you and motivate you. I never give up, if I fall, I pick myself up, brush the dirt off myself and push forward. I keep moving on. I adapt. I overcome. This has been part of my driving force. What’s yours?

When it comes to winning and finishing well in life, quitting isn’t an option to consider. No profession is easy and no career path is a walk in the parks. Ask any great man, how they made it and they will tell you, “I failed a thousand times, but I never gave up.” It’s not what happens to you that matters, it’s how you take it.

You must be familiar with this quote, “winners don’t quit; quitters don’t win?” I run with it daily. Stop quitting half way into that project, dream, or ambitions, just because you encountered some difficulties or probably failed. We’ve got 1 universe, 8 planets, 204 countries, 804 islands, estimated 7 billion people and still counting. Don’t allow one fail, push you out of the track.

Be prepared

When you find something you love to do, you don’t have to have it all figured out before you begin. Just start. Take a leap of faith, trust your inner voice (we’ve all got one) And don’t give it up without a fight, because most of the best things in life are worth fighting for. Be the best example every day, strive again tomorrow to do even better.

Winning is not a game of accident or luck. Often we allow the ups and downs along the way, stop us from doing what we know is meant for us to do. If you’re at this point in your life, I encourage you to stop and deposition your mind to start doing what you know you’re meant to do, regardless of what may have happened.

Be sure to count the cost of every race before you sign up and get committed. Before you accept to lead that team in the upcoming projected, make sure you have what it takes to lead. You don’t assume you know what it takes to lead, you get trained to lead. Whatever profession you belong to, ensure you count the cost of anything before you embark on it. Failure to do so would result in poor success, incomplete projects, a subject of ridicule, and many more negatives.

J B Cachila in his article “count the cost” on – ” Apparently, it’s important to the Lord that we should learn to count the cost before committing to follow Him – and if we are indeed His, it’s important that we also learn to do that in other matters, too”.

We need to be sure of the cost before we sign up for anything. Avoid signing up ignorantly and be surprised later when you discover the cost is high. How do I count the cost when I am not sure of what’s coming into my life, you ask? Be committed to the highest. No half measures should be entertained. That way, you won’t be surprised or caught off guard. Be prepared at all times!

Measure the task

Be wise and measure the tasks ahead. This shouldn’t leave you troubled or overwhelmed, rather reposition your mind. You have no idea how powerful the mind is. Everything great or small achieved has its conception in the mind. Measuring the tasks ahead is always a challenge to man. There are many factors to take into consideration and account for, these factors are all important.

Nevertheless, have a to-do list and someday list. Write down all you need to do to achieve the task ahead. That way you won’t be pressured into remembering important details and each day won’t be overwhelming but rather becomes gravy.

David Allen – “Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.”

Lastly, to ensure success in all your endeavors, train to finish well. There are no accidental success and I don’t believe in them. You will get what you put out. You are born to win, not to be a mediocrity. Stop acting like one. If you’ve got knocked off your race, find a way and get back on track. Don’t quit until you win ?.

Blessings and Love ❤️?

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Whitney Edna Ibe is the Executive Consultant, Life & Mental Health Coach, and Writer/ Editor at Whitney Edna Ibe Consult (Blog),, The Social Talks,, and Mental Wellness Society International. She is in charge of consultations, services, and implementation.

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