16 Jan Lessons from a Marathon Mum
Marathon Lessons for Business
Mid 2013 and I had decided on an audacious goal to run a marathon that year. Melbourne Marathon, my first ever.
I was nervous, but excited. (My heart is actually pounding now as I write this, because I’m reminded with how I felt). It was a big deal. A non-sporty kid growing up to now a marathon runner, my family wouldn’t believe it.
I had spent the previous few years building up my distances, but a marathon was never on my radar until that year. I had no idea how I was going to do it. I didn’t know where to start. And I definitely didn’t know what to expect. But I can tell you that the thrill I got from finishing it, is something that will stay with me forever.
Similarly, in early 2016 I decided to start my own business. Again, I had no idea how, where to start or what to expect. But I dived in and just started. The desire to feel those first marathon thrills again were my motivation, but this time it was a business marathon. What marathon running has given me is a sense of “anything” is possible with commitment, actionable work and focus. I am fortunate that I could reflect back on my past running successes and use that help me work through my business marathon.
Creating something “new” in our life, whether its business, our health, career, life etc takes monumental focus, commitment and drive to want to achieve it. I have likened marathon running to business running, because there are definite similarities when it comes to giving it a go.
With marathon running, I set a goal, usually an event that is scheduled in the national running calendar and then I work back from there. It takes planning, organisation and preparation to bring a training plan to life. I know the big event is coming up in 16 weeks time, but rather than focusing on that I focus on my training each week, slowly building on my pace, distance and strength.
Business has its own marathon tasks. They might be launches, new products, website, marketing etc. But the key components of marathon training exist. Set the goal and work backwards. Plot your activities, the things you need to do to get you closer to your goal and then each day, week or month build on your strength, your skill and abilities.
They say get comfortable with living outside of your comfort zone. And I can tell you both marathon running and business running have taught me that skill. And with each marathon and business task, I have boosted my confidence, motivation and purpose for both. Both have given me clarity into what I what from life and my career and helped me think big, but act small.
We all have our own marathon that we are chasing, no matter how big or small. When we start something new, it feels like a monumental task, a huge step, a marathon. But I ask you what past experiences can you draw upon to help you get started and working on it?
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