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Life's marathon

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I just completed a half marathon and now I hurt. So why do I do it? Why do I put myself through the pain? The answer is simple, yet apparently contradictory. I run because it makes me feel good. I like what it does for my body but mostly I like what it does for my brain. I swear that running clears out brain crud. Many of my most creative and best ideas came to me during a run. I also like to push myself beyond what I think I'm capable of.

Running is a lot like life there are good runs and bad runs and often a combination of both during a long run. Today's run started out a little rough for me, but it felt great between miles six and nine. Then things took a turn for the worse. I was overheating and experiencing a lot of pain on the bottom of one foot. So at mile ten I stopped running and took a break. I stripped off a layer and I adjusted my shoe. I returned to the pavement and the pain was worse. This is the stuff that tests you! I could have quit right then and there. But I was determined to finish and I knew I wasn't in danger of hurting myself for the long term. So I walked for a mile and then I ran to the finish. It took everything I had to get there!

As I was running through the good and the bad miles, I thought of lessons learned during a run that can be applied to life and business.

  1. You have to do what's best for you and not compare yourself to others. Set your own goals and pace for what you want to accomplish, and don't worry about how fast or slow others are going.
  2. Keep your head down and power through the hard climbs. If you look up, you're going to see how big that hill is and feel discouraged. Take it one step at a time and you'll conquer your greatest challenges!
  3. There are easy breezy down hills waiting for you after the hard climbs. Things will get easier. Just keep moving one step at a time!
  4. There are good people out there who want you to succeed. They will push you through and cheer you on during your most difficult miles. Let them their support will go a long way to help you get to the finish line!
  5. Be willing to try something that scares you that is out of your comfort zone. It won't be easy but it will make you stronger, more confident and able to handle any uphill battle that will come your way in the future. 
  6. Quitting is OK if you are in danger of hurting yourself or others. Don't be too proud to admit when you need to stop and re-group. You don't want to experience a setback that will take you a long time to recover from!

Take your long runs, your business and your life one step at a time. Some days things will go your way and be easy. Other days will be hard it will hurt and it will test you. Those are the days that build character and strength and in my case calluses! But don't give up and don't be afraid to change course if you experience problems. In the end, nothing feels better than crossing the finish and achieving your goals in this marathon we call life1 


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