31 Dec 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”.