I arrived at the track this morning to see two guys hop like frogs from one side of the field to the other — the long way. I wanted to videotape them, but that would be intrusive, so I held back. After seeing this spectacle of human endurance, I started my run inspired and uplifted. By the end, I felt even better! I had taken nearly 9,000 steps, and it wasn't even 9:00 yet!
In this video, I compare running miles to running a business. You usually start strong. Then, when it gets hard, repetitive, and sometimes painful, you can become discouraged and find yourself slowing down. But if you persevere, you can eventually resume your stride and finish strong. Remember, finishing strong is the most important part. Here are today's stats:
- Weather. 50°F, sunny and slightly breezy; perfect for a morning run
- Location. Siskey YMCA outdoor track, then around my block
- Distance. 3.01 miles (I followed this up with a .25 mile cool down walk and Son Salutation prayer)
- Calories. 284
- Start Time. 7:46am
- Run Time. 46:34
- Average Pace. 15:28 minutes per mile
- Playlist. My footsteps, and my brain as I composed the video in this post
- Condition. Nothing short of awesome!
The more I run, the more I notice similarities between running miles and running my business. Both require endurance, strength, and perseverance. Both require me to live in the present, yet look beyond it to focus on the future and the goals I intend to accomplish. Both require me to push through pain. Both require me to overlook my weaknesses and frailties, and focus on my strong points.
And both require me to look past what I think I can do, and embrace what I can do.
I feel so great right now. If I don't run tomorrow morning, kick me.
Question: Have you experienced the sort of 3-step process described in this video? For a specific long-term project, or your business in general?