Simon Sinek, celebrated leadership consultant and author, has always challenged conventional wisdom. In his enlightening book "The Infinite Game," he introduces a concept that can redefine how we approach challenges.
In "The Infinite Game," Sinek explains the difference between playing with a Finite mindset versus an Infinite one. In the Finite mindset, individuals are focused on the immediate win. Their actions are dictated by short-term goals, with clear parameters and endpoints. On the other hand, the Infinite mindset isn't about winning one particular game. It's about continuously playing the game, evolving, and aiming for long-term success and sustainability.
Now, when we look at running, this Infinite mindset is invaluable.
Often, runners get fixated on a particular race or a specific timing goal. It becomes about that one event, that one medal, or achieving that one personal best. But if we adopt Sinek's Infinite mindset to our running journey, the perspective shifts. It's no longer about that single marathon next month; it's about the lifetime of runs, the years of training, and all the races in the years to come. It's about understanding that every race, whether a resounding success or a disappointing setback, is a part of the larger journey.
Embracing this Infinite Runner mindset helps in fostering resilience. Missed a race time? That's just one run among many. Didn't feel good on today's training? Tomorrow offers another chance. It’s about the joy of running itself, the lessons from each step, and the growth from each mile.
Best wishes on chasing your running goals.