Plan your marathon like your business and take advantage of the synergies
This is the second and last part of the series about the must do things to implement to successfully run a marathon like your business. If you missed the first part, click here and read it. Tomorrow I will be running my next marathon which also will be my marathon number 20.
The remaining 3 out of 5 things to do to successfully run a marathon like your business, fit in very well in the phase where I am right now, and where maybe you are as well.
Surround yourself with inspiring people
There are two possible reasons you’re not doing things:
- you convince yourself that you can’t do it.
- the people around you tell you, you can’t do it.
There is a quote by Jim Rohn, going like this:
“ You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
There are so many examples from both the sports world and business environment, showing that Jim Rohn’s statement is nothing else than the pure truth.
Building a business as an entrepreneur is a long winding road. Failure is part of your journey. If you have your goals and plan correctly set, you will always find the way back to the “road” again. However, having people around you who are on a similar mission, or maybe are some steps ahead, can save you a lot of time and effort.
This doesn’t mean that you should erase or minimize your accountability, but only get some suitable input that can help you to find the right solution to a problem.
Your marathon Training goes the same way. Sometimes you get into problems with your training, motivation, or maybe you even get injured. To run a marathon like your business is the best and most efficient solution.
Find a running mate or even a training coach giving you the appropriate guidance, and things will start to roll on again.
Push your limits
No-one can tell you better than yourself what you are good at, not so good at and the overall skill set you have gathered during your lifetime so far. Use it, push it, and challenge yourself.
The passion for marathon running teaches me whole the time how to plan for new challenges. It’s all about setting a realistic goal, prepare for it and stick to the scheme. Your business works precisely the same way.
To push your limits isn’t a “hit and run” strategy, but the formula follows clear and precise steps, as perfectly explained by the Great Performers Academy.
Tomorrow when running the Mexico City International Marathon, the preparation has been influenced very much by my business. To run the marathon like your business is the leading star in the preparation on this occasion.
Indeed the experience from running has been an excellent help to build up my business. Now it’s time to make some re-engineering, leverage the two activities and pull out all experience from the business and use it for my marathon training.
When you fail with something in your business, the immediate analysis will tell you what went wrong. The next step is to understand why it went wrong and finally what to do to implement the appropriate changes and how to make it.
This four-step formula, what (analysis), why, what(new intent) and how always works. It works for my business, and when applying the same in my running, it gives the same answers, solutions, and proposals. Training for a marathon like your business, it works, and it works well.
Sounds like military drilling. And do you know what? It’s what it takes if you want to run a marathon like your business. With a plan in detail, there should be no excuses on earth not to fulfill the mission.
It happens now and then that I don’t make a scheduled training session, for any reason. That’s OK. After all, we are no machines but humans. What is essential, though, is to compensate for the missed training during the next days to come. Your business works the same way.
So what is then a disciplined execution? In the book “The 4 Disciplines of Execution” it’s tied together in four steps. The four cornerstones are focus, leverage, engagement, and accountability.
In principle you just let it be as it is, but remember that the time frame is part of your overall goal, and things not done will not be done by itself. The one who has to make it is you!
Sometimes we long distance runners are seen as a sort of weird people in the eyes of others. Maybe we are, but that’s the label we get when a rigorous discipline is the unnegotiable red line in our execution plan. Nothing can stop us!
Run A Marathon Like Your Business Reflects The Leverage Of Two Passions
We all have different backgrounds, but we can all search for exciting leverages in life. My entire life I have been active in various sports activities, even on a quite high level. However, my first marathon I ran in 2009 at the age of 57.
The trigger to start training for a marathon was the desire to push my limits. So many times I have heard about the famous “wall” that appears somewhere between 25 and 30km (15,5 to 18,6 miles). It was a challenge I wanted to experience myself. You can read more about that experience in another post published back in 2017.
Now, when you know how to tackle the “wall,” it is more a natural hurdle in your way, than a challenging problem as it was the first five marathon races.
Before starting my marathon training, I was lucky to find a coach and a training program that fit into my plans. Thanks to the program and to follow it 100%, I have achieved all my goals.
The online business I run in parallel with my running started five years later. In the beginning, I used all mental experience from running to begin building my business.
It took me some time before I found the correct system, platform, education, training and community in the same package. However, when it suddenly appeared on my radar, it was all-in.
There are many good coaches and training programs out there to start training for marathons. But the most important is that you find the right program for YOU.
The same goes for any online business. I’m happy I came across the system I’m using since then. In a way, it follows the same logic procedure as my running program.
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