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Map a Course in the Race of the Marketplace

By Linda Fields

Have you ever felt like you’re in a relay race, but just can’t effectively get the handoff? If you think about how a relay race is run, there are some key things that have to occur for a race to be run well.

Linda Fields is the Director of the Joseph Company and contributing writer to Metro Voice News.

Linda Fields is the Director of the Joseph Company and contributing writer to Metro Voice News.

First, in the race of the marketplace, the course must be mapped out with a definite route and destination. Whether working on a project, planning a family vacation, or working on a community event, I like to start with a clear goal in mind of what success looks like.

Secondly, each runner has to be positioned at his/her station. Each person involved needs to know their responsibility; an intentional effort is needed on the part of each runner as well as the coach to communicate clear expectations.

Thirdly, the baton has to be safely transmitted from the hand of one runner to the next without breaking the momentum. So many times, this is where things fall apart with poor communication or sloppy goals. Recovery is so much harder than just doing things right the first time.

The beauty of each runner, trained, ready, watching, with hand extended, firmly transferring the baton from one to the next is a wonderful thing to experience. I just love that— watching people shine out in their own part of the race, as runners fulfill their desires, accomplishing the goals they’ve trained for, and completing the race well.

This is to run with excellence.

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Hebrews 12:1-3 NKJV

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