Gasping for air and pumping my legs the final 50 yards of the race, I was determined to catch my friend Raymond Van Den Hoven before he crossed the finish line.
Twelve minutes earlier, Raymond and I started the longest race of our high school’s field day; 2 miles or 8 laps around the track. By the third lap I’d built a lead which eventually stretched nearly 200 yards.
I let my mind drift from the race as I just cruised lap after lap. And while I cruised, Raymond pursued his plan for the race, passing me on the final lap.
How did I squander such a comfortable lead? I didn’t plan my race and didn’t keep working at winning. I was leading.
Two lessons I learned about racing:
- A race requires I create and execute a plan, and
- When I settle and stop striving, I lose.
Today starts 2015. Happy New Year’s.
How was your 2014?
How did you do on your “romantic race” last year?
- What plans did you make to create more romance in your relationship?
- Did you start with one or two wonderful Romantic Interludes, then “coast”?
- And most important, what Romantic Interludes did you and your sweetheart most enjoy?
To create more romance in 2015, follow these three steps.
- Write down honest answers to the above questions.
- Write down what you learned from the times you “successfully” romanced your sweetheart.
- Make specific plans for how you’ll bring more romance into your relationship.
As to the race . . . summoning my will and cheered on by my brother, I caught Raymond at the finish line. If I’d had a plan, I would have easily won.
Here’s to your winning with romance in 2015. Robert