I was running….

I was running….

“That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run. So I ran to the end of the road. And when I got there, I thought maybe I’d run to the end of town.I figured, since I’d gone this far, I might as well just keep right on going.” Forrest Gump





A few months ago I found myself working more than what I’d worked before. My choice to work harder and longer was coming from a place of wanting to get somewhere and achieve a specific result – I wanted my business to grow faster and I wanted more money.

I knew it was natural to want to progress, move forward and grow but I started to notice it didn’t take too much for me to get frustrated or short with some people, and I didn’t like being interrupted. I also started having some thoughts that “life sucks right now” and “what’s the point of working so hard?”

And then I realised I’d been putting off doing exercise because of the time it was taking out of my day, I just didn’t have the time to “ waste” going for a run, it felt like using any of my time not directly devoted to work wouldn’t be growing my business and the big goal that I want to achieve there.

Deep down I knew that doing exercise was good for me, so I made the choice to put work on hold and have a break.

This is a going to sound a bit like a Forest Gump moment, but I just decided I would block out a day and run a marathon. No thought of a warm up run, no proper training, no real plan. I was just going to run 42kms.

As soon as I put on my shoes it felt amazing to be out there. I knew I’d made the right choice and quickly forgot about what I was doing with my work. I am not a dedicated runner and I have never run a marathon before but I knew mentally I could get there. Its amazing what your mind can do in 5 hours when you have nothing to do but think.

Afterwards, I felt healthy, fresh and ready to dive back into work again and tackle the issues there.

I also saw the bigger picture of what I was doing and that my progress in business wasn’t as fast as what I wanted because I was learning so many new things. It’s unrealistic to think it will all grow perfectly in the time that we think it will.

Now, I understand that going for a run is actually assisting me to keep my pace with what I’m building in life. And I’m clear why the wiser folks say “slow and steady wins the race”.

Sam McLennan
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