I ran the Tough Mudder on Saturday in Kentucky. It was crazy. I endured electric shocks, near hypothermia, and lots and lots of mud (when I showered, there was mud where there shouldn’t have been mud!). Running extreme races like these are great ways to show that you are tough and in-shape, both ways to be popular. However, I want to focus on some other aspect of the Mudder here, and that is the “Tough Mudder Pledge” that every participant says right before running. It goes:
I understand that Tough Mudder is not a race, but a challenge.
I put teamwork and camaraderie before my course time.
I do not whine; kids whine.
I help my fellow mudders complete the course.
I overcome all fears.
As I said this, I realized that is everyone could say and believe this, and apply it not just to a race, but to their daily lives, society would be so much better. People would be more confident and excellent, but also understanding and helpful.
There is a lot we can learn from this pledge about being popular.
– Life is not a race. Life is something to enjoy. Enjoy the moment. Enjoy the trip just as much as the destination.
– Be cool to other people, and help them if they need it. Do you know people at school that are always bragging that they got the best grade, or caught the most passes, etc? Likely, you and others can’t stand this kind of bragging. Rather than holding your achievements over other people, encourage and help others. The best way to show your excellence is to be excellent and teach others to be excellent. If you look at most great athletes, musicians, etc, they try to be generous in sharing their secrets, tips, etc. Why? Because when you are really good at something you don’t fear competition.
– Stop whining. Seriously, stop it now. Whining, complaining, tattling, etc, is very very unattractive, especially when males do it. Instead of whining, assertively communicate your needs, or just keep your mouth shut and deal with the situation. You will get more dates and friends this way.
– Some fear is good, but most of our fears are created by our minds and hold us hostage. Is fear stopping you from getting better grades, trying a new sport, or asking that guy or girl out? If it is, then it is time to address those fears and overcome them.
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