Are first impressions really that important?

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The more I think (and read) about it, the answer is yes if you ask me.

You mean countless people every month unless you’re living in your Mom’s basement and you never come out. And whether you like it or not, they come to some major conclusions a few seconds after meeting you. I’m not saying it’s good or bad but it’s reality.

I’m currently listening to Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink in my truck. Another gem from him. I love his books because they make you look at situations in a total different light. And they make you think. Love it!

The book looks into the phenomenon of first impressions and how our brains work in the blink of an eye. It seems we’re not aware of a lot of decisions we make on a daily basis. Our experiences and make-up dictate a lot of  actions. And that’s a good thing!

A great read to get you thinking about what happens in your head everyday. And from that you can become a bit more aware, very similar to the ChiRunning principles.

Now, think back to your last race. When you got to the venue, you looked around to see who was there, and who was your competition. It’s okay, we all do it.

Some new person with new shoes or a new bike probably caught your eye. But did that person win? Even come close?

I’ve seen countless people through the years look great and race terribly. I’ve also been that guy a time or two. And I’ve seen people who look out of place and who were out of this world!

It’s best to just follow the ChiRunning principles and simply do your thing and run your race. Worrying what others will or won’t do is simply a waste of energy. Save it for the race!

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