Running away from your problems is a race you will never win, so just face them head on, and overcome them.

Running away from your problems is a race you will never win, so just face them head on, and overcome them. – Unknown

How well does running away work for you? Do your problems find you? Do you have to face them eventually?

How well does running away work for you? Do your problems find you? Do you have to face them eventually? Would you rather face them strong, or tired from running?

What does that mean?
I’ve heard a number of variants on this one, but the most common has been “you can’t outrun trouble.” And even as fast as I once was, it’s always been true for me. How about you?

The quote says you can’t win the race, your problems will always catch up. Perhaps not today, but tomorrow or the next day or the day after that, they will show up. Then what?

They you’ll have to face them. But now you’re tired, and they have usually used the time you were running to multiply. Now it’s even worse. They’re ganging up on you! Running is no longer an option.

The quote opines that the more prudent course of action is to face them from the start. This allows you to be at your strongest, and they at their weakest.

It isn’t always easy, as they can be scary. But they aren’t going to go away, so face them today!

Why is fears important?  
Yes, the quote says problems, not fears. But why do you run from them, if you do not fear them? The problems which don’t cause you fear are the ones to which you already stand and face. But they aren’t the ones with which the quote is concerned.

If you are afraid, you have given up your option to act. Fear is the killer of initiative. It is the killer of action. At best you get re-action, and that is rarely the best thing for you to do. By facing your fear, you push all that away from you.

When you reject fear by facing it, you can clear your head, make your choices, and take action. If you do anything less, you will have a very difficult time overcoming your problem. And that is what this quote is urging us to remember.

If you can face your fear, you may still have a difficult time, but at least now you stand a chance, and your fate is largely in your own hands. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be in the drivers seat, calling the shots. Wouldn’t you?

Where can I apply this in my life?
I imagine you can use this in any and every aspect of your life where you have an issue which might be called a problem. I have found that most of my problems weren’t anywhere near as bad as I thought, once I took some time and looked at them.

Our imaginations are often our biggest enemy. We turn a small issue into a great big problem, which we then fear, run away from, and allow to grow into something which truly is an issue or problem. That’s not a good thing, nor is it a prudent path, is it?

While there will likely always be deaths from cancer, how many could be delayed by years or even decades by not running from the symptoms? We ignore them, we run from them, we imagine terrible things being diagnosed if we go to the doctor. So we don’t go.

Where does that lead? Whether it is cancer, stroke, heart disease or some other malady, they usually don’t go away. And time only makes them stronger and you weaker, right? That’s not a good idea, is it? And that’s just the medical side of things. We have other aspects of our lives to consider.

Relationship problems, will they get better if you ignore them? If you run away from them? I have yet to see it happen, but I suppose it’s possible. But then, so is winning the lottery. Face the issues, and talk about them. You may be surprised at the response you get.

Which brings us back to the part our imagination plays in this quote. You are running away because of what you fear might happen. It hasn’t happened, and in most cases it won’t be anywhere near as bad as you fear. Yet we allow our fear to rule us, and make the decisions for us. That’s not good.

Think about a couple of things you’re afraid to bring up, or some challenges, difficulties, or problems in your life. Pick one and start taking action towards facing the issue and overcoming it. It starts with a decision. Make it, and you’re half way there.

From: Twitter, @wisdomsquote
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16 Responses to Running away from your problems is a race you will never win, so just face them head on, and overcome them.

  1. Okoye Isaac Onyedika 30 November 2015 at 2:27 pm #

    this log is very fantastic ,it is soo cute .i appreciate keep it up .THANKS.

    • philosiblog 3 December 2015 at 4:45 am #

      Thanks for stopping by, and for leaving such a kind comment.

  2. NotSayingMyName 7 July 2015 at 9:15 am #

    I choose not to live by society’s expectations.

    • philosiblog 8 July 2015 at 6:52 pm #

      Same here. Odds are we chose to void different expectations (I don’t do ‘popular’ anything), but that is part of freedom of expression. But it also comes with the potential of backlash from those very same expectations. Some of us revel in that as well. Be a rebel, but understand the price that you may have to pay.

      But ask yourself if you are rebelling to avoid facing your problems, or because you disagree with the definition of ‘problem’ as defined by society? At one point being gay was considered a problem by society, now that view has largely changed. Oscar Wilde was a rebel, but it cost him. He embraced his ‘problem’, but that isn’t the only way to view the quote.

  3. aseriesofdreams 3 July 2015 at 10:29 am #

    It’s when you ignore reason that all is futile Best to face head on.

    • philosiblog 7 July 2015 at 1:25 am #

      Thanks for stopping by and for sharing this with us.

  4. NotSayingMyName 9 June 2015 at 6:38 am #

    Run away if you want to survive. Sometimes what you are running away from is a slow, painful fate. Or a slow, painful death. Live life on your own terms not on others.

    • philosiblog 9 June 2015 at 6:32 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your opinion.

      While I could see some situations where your method would be beneficial, on the whole, I’d say that it is not the optimal solution.

      That said, we each will have to consider the facts and make our own decisions. Consider the options, make your decision, and be prepared to accept the consequences. To me, that is living life on your own terms. 8)

  5. erica 25 January 2015 at 5:34 pm #

    Trure life is what u make it time will make things better.if u dont give up on trying to make things right

    • philosiblog 2 February 2015 at 1:08 am #

      Thanks for the comment. And keep up the effort, even though it may appear difficult.

  6. Teepee12 12 September 2013 at 2:26 am #

    Good one!

    • philosiblog 12 September 2013 at 3:31 am #

      Thanks for the kind words. Glad you found it of some use.

      I’ve yet to meet someone who could run fast enough and long enough to outrun their problems.

  7. followyourshadow 11 September 2013 at 7:10 pm #

    This is a wonderful blog. This particular post is so closely related to something that came to me earlier..
    “the only way out, is to go in”

    Keep up the great work!

    • philosiblog 12 September 2013 at 3:37 am #

      Sometimes, that is the way it goes.
      Thanks for the kind words, and I’m glad that you found some inspiration in the post.


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