If you’re anything like me, you’ll have no trouble relating to the following scenario. On many occasions, when I have started to tap out and flatline on a run, the sudden appearance of another runner has been enough of a stimulus to snap me out of it. Simply being alerted to the fact that a fellow runner is either directly ahead of, behind, or across from me, is a sure-fire way of getting me to re-focus and put forth my best stride and effort.
Beyond running, and as I consider my workplace for example, I believe I work as hard as I train; that is, I work hard but struggle to remain fully committed all of the time. There are days when motivation is lacking, or days when my mind drifts and work output is reduced to “good intentions.” I guess that’s normal, but could I be a better and more productive worker if every time I started to lose interest, I forced myself to imagine a colleague working nearby in the same office space as me?
I know it shouldn’t really take someone else’s presence or observation to prompt a greater effort from me, but if it helps to produce a more exceptional performance, then heck, I may as well use it as a tool.